Kids with eczema, asthma, food allergies linked to antibiotics before age two

Hayfever and eczema rates are higher in kids exposed to antibiotics in the first two years of life, a review has found. The research investigated a series of other studies to find those that included children with hayfever or eczema, and studies that involved children with both.

Early antibiotic use was associated with an increased risk of hayfever and eczema, but also food allergies. The food allergies element was not included in the study, but was noted as an additional finding by the researchers.

The association was stronger with children who had been treated with two or more courses of antibiotics than those treated with just one course. The specific antibiotic used or the condition the child was being treated for was not known.

The researchers noted that gut microbiota is an important factor in the development of the immune system early in life, and if this diversity is reduced by antibiotics, it could lead to an imbalanced immune response. This imbalanced response is related to increased risks of allergies and immune-related disorders.

Treating eczema in children

Eczema in children usually disappears as they grow, but it can be really uncomfortable in the interim and in some people it persists well into adulthood. Itchy, dry skin, plus special baths and lotions all make for at best a mere annoyance, but at worst a painful, uncomfortable existence.

Eczema is the external manifestation of an immune reaction, which we can’t do a whole lot about. Certain things can exacerbate eczema, like heat, moisture, itchy clothes, and some detergents, but having the right treatment from early on can help the skin to become stronger and less reactive to outside influences.

A dermatologist is very well-placed to offer you advice and treatments for eczema based on the latest scientific research, treatment protocols, and applications.

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