Eczema in Children: How did it happen in layman terms
“Eczema in children is very common”. However, why is it common and how did it happen? One of the easiest ways to explain is that it is because the baby’s immune system has yet to mature. Its maturity is where you can see kids outgrow their eczema at 2 years old, 5 years old or during their teens. That is if eczema is controlled and not escalated to a secondary infection.
Eczema can be trigger from internally (for example something your baby eats and they’re allergic to) and externally (for example something you apply on your baby). However, either internally or externally, it will result in physical inflammation on the skin on the outside.
Just for explanation purposes, assuming there are like processes when it happens, how does your child feels, why does proper treatment is important and how can you help them.
Process 1 – It starts with an allergen
It all begins with an allergen – regardless if it’s internal or external factors, your baby’s skin can begin with something really mild, for example, rash. In a perfect environment, the top layers of our skin cell is like a brick. Equal size rectangular which forms something called ‘skin barrier’. These are the protectors to ensure allergens, bacteria or any harmful items does not penetrate into our skin.
What can you do?
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Process 2 – The compromised skin barrier
When there’s an allergy, there would be an increased of histamine. Histamine, a by products when mast cells are released as part of an immune system response. These histamine, would climb it’s way up to the top layer of the skin, binds with the proteins in the top layers, which then will cause itch.
Now, these itch, when it’s scratch, would gives a temporary relief. In the brain, it would release serotonin, which would travels to spinal cords that generates itch signals, which now, your baby would be in scratch and itch cycle.
Now imagine back the ‘bricks with rash’ and as your baby scratches, what would happen to the top layer ‘bricks’? Not only they’re compromised, the skin barrier layers would be thinner as well.
What can you do? At this point, a barrier balm/cream would be really important. This is because bacterias, allergens
It’s a long recovery process
Eczema is a long recovery process. As long as the factors (internal or external), whether the first-factor allergen or the secondary infection and so forth, it can be continuous. This is why it is important to
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