Increase in Eczema, Dermatitis in Children
According to a new report, by the CDC, there has been an alarming increase in the number of children being diagnosed with skin conditions over the last 2 years in the United States. Chronic skin conditions often starts in childhood and causes the skin patches to become inflamed, dry and intensely itchy.
According to a household report released by the agency, the prevalence of dermatitis among children under the age of 18 rose by an average of 20 percent between 2010 and 2014.: from 10% to 20% among young black kids, from 6 to 11 percent among young Hispanic kids and from about 10 percent to 15 percent among young white children.
What is Dermatitis?
The term eczema refers to a group of skin disorders. Atopic dermatitis is one of the most common types of Eczema, particularly in young kids. About 5% of the children and infants in the US, have this condition of dry, itchy skin. It is very common for the term eczema to be used instead of the term atopic dermatitis. So in this regard, the term Eczema simply means atopic dermatitis.
Symptoms in Children
This is a skin disorder that causes red and itchy patches on the skin. In some cases, the itching can be very severe. When the kid scratches the skin it can break, ooze and crust over. The symptoms are not always consistent, they usually come and go. Young children with the condition, usually have it on either the right, left or both cheeks, their scalp or forehead. Most older kids normally have it on their feet, wrists, ankles and hands and on the inside folds of both their knees and elbows.
What Are The Causes?
Skin and immune system differences are what majorly determines if a kid will get the skin disorder.
-1.A Healthy skin usually acts as a shield to prevent irritants from getting into the skins and moisture from getting out. This type of barrier does not function well in children who have unhealthy skins. This is because their skin cannot prevent irritants from getting in or moisture from getting out. Their skin dries easily and allows bacteria to get in easily.
-2. The immune system of kids with skin disorders usually responds very strongly to bacteria than normal. This in turn affects the skin making it itchy and Red and when the skin is itchy and red, it makes it even harder for it to be an effective barrier. So it just allows moisture to get out and irritants to get in. This causes a cycle of scratching, itching and more irritation which makes the condition worse.
-3. Inflammation also belongs to other allergic conditions like hay fever, food allergy and asthma. These type of allergies tend to be genetic and run in families. This typically means that genes play a big role in ascertaining who will and who will not get the condition. The condition is not triggered by one gene but by many genes acting together. One example of a gene that plays a vital role is the filaggrin. It is the one that makes skin protein. When the gene is not functioning properly, the barrier’s responsivity also does not work well. Most children with the condition have problems with this gene. Although eczema usually starts in kids, it can begin at any age. Some kids outgrow it, but it can also come back later in life.
Why is it essential to control my child's skin irritation?
When psoriasis, dermatitis or eczema is not controlled it can end up affecting your child’s health and quality of life. It enhances chances of other skin infections and it is also very painful. Scratching and itching can be very stressful for your young kid and for you as the parent or guardian to watch. Social interactions, sleep, self-image and physical comfort can all be affected.
Control of the disease allows your son or daughter to be happy and concentrate on healthy childhood activities such as playing and learning. Research also shows that good control of Eczema dermatitis can help prevent food allergy. This is flattering news for guardians and parents who have toddlers and babies who are at a high risk of food allergy.
How Can I Control My Kid’s Flair Ups?
Even though the condition cannot be fully treated in some cases, there are three main steps that you can take to help prevent or control it.
1. Make sure the child showers every day and apply a moisturizer immediately after that to help moisturize his or her skin.
2. Use recommended skin treatments to help calm the child’s immune response when necessary.
3. Try to avoid coming into contact with irritants.
4. Avoid harsh chemicals and medications. Believe it or not, a lot of steroid creams actually weaken the skin.
5. Maintain the proper PH balance of the skin. Our skin when we are born is 5.5 PH but most cosmetics run the range of 7-10 PH. This weakens the skin's immune system and ability to heal.
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The formula works to first moisturize the damaged skin and offer immediate pain and itch relief. The manuka honey in the formula helps detox any of the irritants while also stimulating healing. Most importantly, the gentle formula helps balance out the skin's ideal 5.5 PH so it can properly heal.