13 Common Triggers of Childhood Eczema (aka Atopic Dermatitis) by Mei Marcie
Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, affects about 20 percent of children, and symptoms usually occur before the age of 5.
- For children, house dust mites are a common allergen and other environmental triggers include mold, pet dander and pollen.
- In younger children, food such as cow’s milk, eggs and peanuts are the more common allergens.
- Other substances such as soap, detergents, rough wool clothing, fever/flu, sweat and stress can also trigger the rash.
Allergy testing, though not foolproof, can help parents manage the child’s eczema better.