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Is stress a trigger for my childs eczema

Is stress a trigger for my child’s eczema?

Stress. Why is it that on the days my little boy went to daycare his skin always seemed worse? So many people told me it was the sandpit, but it even on the days there was no sandpit play his skin was still affected. So what was causing his eczema to flare up while he was at daycare?

After a lot of monitoring all sorts of possible triggers, like whether he played in the sandpit that day or not, analysing the weekly weekly menu to try and pick up a pattern, taking note of whether it was a hot or cold day, and making sure his own sunscreen was applied which I knew didn’t irritate his skin… I wasn’t able to find a culprit.

There was one possibility left. And this was stress. The emotional stress of being in a less familiar environment, being away from me, and dealing with the everyday happenings at daycare was quite possibly the reason for his eczema flare ups.

What types of stress triggers eczema?

  • Separation anxiety – When your child is away from you for long periods of time, it may cause them mental and emotional distress and result in their skin being more itchy.
  • The stress scratch cycle – When your child feels stressed from irritants such as clothing and dust, they may begin to scratch their skin intensely.
  • Busy schedules – Just like all of us, when schedules get more hectic, we start to feel stressed and begin to worry. Children also feel this when their routines become overloaded or changed, so it is important to maintain a more relaxed routine for your little one and sometimes choose to do less.

How can I manage my child’s stress?

There are some changes you could make which could help to lessen eczema flare ups related to stress.

Itchy skin can make sleeping well really challenging and the lack of sleep can result in your child feeling stressed, worsening eczema symptoms. To help your little one (and you) get a good night’s sleep you could try:

  • Bath time can help some children relax, especially if it is part of their known routine.
  • After the bath massage their skin using a hydrating moisturiser or oil to protect the skin from drying out and getting itchy during the night.
  • Limit the use of screen time two hours before bed time.
  • Make sure your child’s bedroom is a relaxed environment – not too hot or cold. It is also important to dress your child up in pyjamas made of cotton which is a breathable fabric and lessens the heat around the body which can cause itchiness.

Although stress may not directly cause eczema, it can increase the incidence of eczema flare ups. Just being aware of stress as a trigger for your child’s eczema can influence decisions you make about your day to day routine.

This blog post was brought to you and your family with love from Julia and the itchy baby co. team x.

Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional.

Can iron deficiency cause itchy skin and trigger eczema?

Is there a link between Eczema and Iron deficiency?

We like to keep on top of what’s happening in eczema research and share anything that might help to manage our children’s eczema and itchy, dry skin. New research has shown there is a link between Eczema and Iron deficiency. Being deficient in iron means there is not enough iron to pump oxygen through our blood stream around the body. Researchers have also reported that children with eczema are at higher risk for iron deficiency compared to children who don’t have eczema.

How do we get iron into our body?

At birth, babies have enough iron stores for several months unless the mother had low iron during pregnancy. The best source of iron is red meat, iron-fortified breakfast cereals or bread, eggs, nuts and seeds, and dried fruit such as apricot and raisins. It is important to maintain your child’s diet especially if they have eczema and low levels of iron in their body (excluding food allergies, of course).

Symptoms of Iron deficiency

Some symptoms caused by iron deficiency can be:

  • pale skin
  • tiredness
  • unexplained, easy bruising and bleeding from cuts
  • nosebleeds and bleeding gums

How do I know if my child is iron deficient?

If you suspect your child is iron deficient, speak to your doctor who is likely to recommend a blood test.

Treatment of iron deficiency

Iron deficiency is usually treated by taking an iron supplement, something your doctor or pharmacist might recommend if a blood test confirms your child low in iron.

It is important to keep in mind that being iron deficient does not necessarily mean your child will develop eczema, or that every child who has eczema is iron deficient.

This blog post was brought to you and your family with love from Julia and the itchy baby co. team x.

Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional.