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Eczema

By Dr Peter Eng

GP, FACNEM, Nutritional Medicine

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Eczema is a common skin condition. It causes dry, itchy, red skin. It is not contagious. According to Raising Children Network approximately one in five babies have eczema. Eczema is more common in ‘atopic’ children (those who also have asthma and hay fever), and families with these conditions. The rash of eczema can be found anywhere on the body, though it is more common on the face of a baby and in the skin creases (such as elbows and knees) of older children. Some children ‘grow out’ of eczema; others have it for life. While it cannot be cured, eczema can be well managed. 

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Often with ECZEMA, the following vitamins and minerals are deficient but you should always conduct a blood test to measure the levels of vitamins or minerals that your child may be deficient in - to avoid excessive intake. A child suffering from ECZEMA may have deficiencies (or benefit from taking supplements) in the following:

  • Essential Fatty Acids

    Supplementation with essential fatty acids may reduce Eczema symptoms in certain individuals who have essential fatty acid deficiency. An example of good sources of omega-3s could include Sardines and Salmon which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and has anti-inflammatory effects that help allergy relief. Other foods rich in inflammation-fighting omega-3s include walnuts (oil) and flaxseeds (oil). Try a child supplement of Omega-3’s for Kids by Metagenics – they have a peppermint flavoured one! They recommend Children 1-4 years: Take 2.5ml, Children 5-12 years take 5m

  • Zinc

    Studies show if a patient is deficient in Zinc then by taking increased ZINC, Eczema can diminish. See a Doctor from NIIM or ACNEM to determine correct dosage.

  • Calcium

    Calcium: Oral supplementation can help inhibit eczema. For decades Calcium administration has been used to treat allergic reactions of the skin (Bachert). Take it via a Childrens Multivitamin. See a Doctor from NIIM or ACNEM to determine correct dosage.

  • Magnesium

    Magnesium is an antihistamine and has a calming effect on the whole body. Magnesium is deficient in Australian soil. It can be obtained through use of a Multi Vitamin. Examples of good supplement providers include: ‘Fibroplex for Children’ (made by Metagenics) or “Kids Plus” by Nutrition Care. Chronic Magnesium deficiency may provoke atopic allergic reactions. (Durlach). Magnesium-rich foods, such as almonds, cashews, wheat bran, and kelp, are excellent foods for eczema relief, because magnesium is an antihistamine. Magnesium also has a calming effect on the whole body.

  • Vitamin C

    Vitamin C provides allergy relief by reducing inflammation. Foods containing vitamin C, such as oranges, strawberries, apples, and watermelon, counteract the inflammatory allergic response.

  • Pro Biotics

    Pro Biotics or Lactobacillus acidophilus – Probiotics provide both anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic effects.

  • Vitamin E

    Vitamin E has antihistaminic properties. The gamma-tocopherol form of vitamin E seems to decrease allergy-related inflammation.

  • Vitamin D

    Vitamin D is available by itself. Examples of good supplement providers for Children include: Metagentics, Bioceuticals, Blackmores, or Nutrition Care (For Children).

  • Niacin

    (Vitamin B3) inhibits mast cell deregulation and histamine release. (Bekier, Moussatche). I would recommend children with ECZEMA get an increased level of Niacin. Niacin is not available by itself – you need to buy a Multi Vitamin. Examples of good supplement providers include: Metagentics, Blackmores, or “Kids Plus” Nutrition Care (For Children)

Tips

  • Rule out food sensitivity
  • Several reports have noted improvements in allergies and asthma following elimination of food and/or food additives.
  • Do an IgG 93 Food Sensitivity Profile. You need to see a doctor who is from NIIM or a member of ACNEM. https://www.acnem.org
  • Skin tests and blood allergen specific IgE (RAST) tests are reliable and scientifically validated allergy tests. Together with a medical history and examination these tests can help your doctor define the cause of your allergies and are rebated by Medicare in Australia
  • http://www.annclinlabsci.org/content/37/1/96.full
Reviewed by Dr Peter Eng 17 July 2015 references
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This document has been developed and peer reviewed by a KIDS HEALTH Advisory Board Representative and is based on expert opinion and the available published literature at the time of review. Information contained in this document is not intended to replace medical advice and any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner.

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Eczema is a common skin condition. It causes dry, itchy, red skin. It is not contagious. According to Raising Children Network approximately one in five babies have eczema. Eczema is more common in ‘atopic’ children (those who also have asthma and hay fever), and families with these conditions. The rash of eczema can be found anywhere on the body, though it is more common on the face of a baby and in the skin creases (such as elbows and knees) of older children. Some children ‘grow out’ of eczema; others have it for life. While it cannot be cured, eczema can be well managed. 

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    27.08.2016

This document has been developed and peer reviewed by a KIDS HEALTH Advisory Board Representative and is based on expert opinion and the available published literature at the time of review. Information contained in this document is not intended to replace medical advice and any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner.

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