No Link Found Between Diet and One in Five Children with Eczema

Eczema is commonly associated with food allergies, especially in children. The results of a new study suggests that though one in five children now have eczema, there is no link between diet and eczema in children.

The researchers of the study emphasize that eliminating certain foods from the diets of children in an effort to control eczema may cause more harm than good, unless allergy to food is proven.

The study from the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) says most infants and children with eczema will be rid of the skin condition by the time they are teenagers, while for others eczema may persist throughout life.

Professor Sawicki, Director of the German Institute says, “Restricting children’s diets can harm their health and growth, so parents need to be careful about acting on unproven theories about diet and eczema. Trials have shown that eliminating foods like milk or eggs from the diet of small children with eczema probably only helps if they have proven food sensitivities.” Allergy skin testing can define whether your child has specific food allergies that might contribute to eczema and other allergy symptoms.

Despite the fact that no dietary link has been found to eczema, childhood allergies are on the rise. The reasons that eczema is so prevalent in children, and allergies are increasing in adults, are still not known, but a dietary link has been ruled out.

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The scientists suggest that parents stay up to date with reliable information about eczema in children. Rather than basing eczema treatment on unproven strategies, like altering your child’s diet, look for current studies. Eczema research is rapidly growing, and includes early investigations into the use of probiotics to curb allergies and eczema in children.

The current study says there is no need to eliminate essential foods from your child’s diet, because there is no link between food allergies and eczema in children.

Kathleen Blanchard RN