Babies given antibiotics before they are a year old are more likely to develop eczema, say British researchers. After years of debate about a possible link, a huge study shows taking the drugs in the first year of life increases the chances of developing the skin disorder by 40 per cent.
Each additional course of antibiotics further raises the risk of eczema – which affects one in five children in the UK – by 7 per cent.
About 2.4million of the UK’s 12million children have been diagnosed with the disease, caused by an over-active immune system and resulting in dry and itchy skin.
Researchers from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, King’s College London, the University of Nottingham and the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary reviewed data from 20 studies involving almost 293,000 babies and children.
At The Sensitive Skincare Company, we hear quite often from mothers very concerned about their babies, toddlers and children that have eczema, and asking us for our advice
on how to help their children’s skin.
We suggest strongly to the parents that if their baby develops eczema from them having antibiotics the first thing to do is give your baby or toddler some good Probiotics.
Probiotics re-populate the gut with good bacteria, which will have been killed off by the antibiotics. When good bacteria is in decline food in the gut can leak out into the bloodstream only partially
digested. This in turn leads to the immune system going into overdrive and attacking the skin, which causes the eczema rash.
The baby or child may now be prone to sensitivities in regards to foodstuffs. Cows milk, wheat, soya products and nuts being amongst the most common to cause problems.
We can suggest Udo’s choice probiotics for babies and children.
We strongly advise that one of the best ways to help take down the inflammation on the skin quickly is to invest in a bath dechlorination water filter. This will take away the chlorine from babies bathwater, plus soften the bath water. You can do this with a bath dechlorination ball or with a shower dechlorination water filter.
A babies or toddler’s skin is five times more permeable than an adults, making it very delicate. So chlorine and hard water will dry the skin out further, causing the babies skin even more irritation.
We also strongly advise to stop using any foaming bath products on the stressed skin for the time being.
Instead use a non perfumed, All Natural Baby oil, to moisturise and cleanse the skin. You can cleanse skin by using a very soft dampened cloth with some oil on the cloth. Our baby oil is excellent as it has a very similiar molecular structure to the oil naturally produced by the human skin.
We have a Newborn organic baby oil and an Essential Baby massage oil.
The skin will absorb the oil readily and in doing so will be able to build up some protection on the skin from outside influences that may irritate it even further.
We also strongly suggest using our Instant Relief spray which is ultra gentle for babies skin and contains anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and healing properties to soothe and cool the skin, whenever the
skin looks sore or is itching.
- Probiotics re-instate friendly bacteria which have been killed off in your babies or child’s gut by the antibiotics.
- A bath filter will remove the irritating and skin drying chlorine, plus soften hard water which is also very drying to the skin.
- Stop using foaming products on the babies skin for now.
- Use a natural botanical oil to moisturise and protect the skin.
- Instant Relief anti bacterial spray will heal the rash and take down inflammation.
- Look into the child’s diet to remove any food items that are now causing allergy problems.