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Entries by Julia Simmonds

Can dairy products and dairy proteins cause eczema?

If your child has an allergy to dairy products, this can be a food-related trigger for eczema symptoms. Food allergies happen when the body’s immune system responds abnormally to certain foods. In children who have eczema, this abnormal reaction can mean a flare up of their eczema symptoms, but this does not mean that by […]

What is the connection between lupin and peanut allergy? 

Food allergies to a variety of foods are common in children with eczema and because of its close relation to peanuts, lupin is also starting to be thought of as a food allergen. Food allergies happen when the immune system responds abnormally to naturally occurring proteins in food. Eczema and food allergies are two separate conditions […]

What is the best eczema cure for my child?

There is no eczema cure yet. The emotional burden eczema causes and the impact it has on the quality of your family life sometimes goes unrecognised and unsupported. Unfortunately, there is no eczema cure and the effect eczema can have on the life of your child and family can be ongoing indefinitely. Although there is […]

What is the risk of my eczema child developing asthma and hay fever?

Eczema is commonly associated with hay fever, food allergies and asthma. Children who have eczema are more likely to suffer from asthma and hay fever because they are all connected in a group of diseases called the Atopic Triad . This refers to the genetic chance of your child having other conditions as well as […]

How do I manage my children’s eczema better in Summer?

Our children’s eczema is easily affected by changes in weather. We often think winter is the toughest time of the year for eczema skin because of the dry air, cold temperatures and low humidity, making the skin more susceptible to eczema flare ups. However, summer also plays a role in our children’s eczema, triggering flare […]

What lifestyle behaviours can help to manage eczema?

Managing eczema can affect every part of our lifestyle from what products we choose to buy to how we spend our time. So, what lifestyle choices can we make to help improve our child’s eczema?  Here are a few lifestyle behaviours to keep your child’s eczema in check: What is an eczema friendly diet and how […]

Difference between a cream and an ointment for eczema?

Finding a suitable moisturiser, whether it be an ointment or cream, for our child’s eczema isn’t straight forward, especially when we have a range of options, so it is important to understand what works best for our child’s skin and what minimises the severity of flare ups. Regular moisturising is the best way to keep […]

Do eczema flare ups get better as my child grows older?

All the time, but especially when our child is experiencing an eczema flare up, we desperately hope these flare ups will be a thing of the past, and sooner rather than later. In most cases eczema will not completely go away, however the severity and frequency of  eczema flare ups may improve as they get […]

What is nummular eczema and how do I treat and manage it?

Nummular eczema (also called nummular dermatitis) is an itchy rash that forms coin-shaped patches on the skin. It appears scaly and red around the circular shaped lesions, and can cause itching and burning on the skin. It can occur at any age and is difficult to treat. This less common type of eczema is long […]

How can I help my eczema child stop scratching their skin?

When your child keeps scratching their eczema skin, nerve endings are opened which allows bacteria into their sensitive skin, leading to bacterial infections, inflammation and increased risk of scarring even when eczema flare-ups are reduced. We want to do everything we can to avoid the itch-scratch cycle which once your child starts scratching can be […]