Peanuts and Kids Eczema: What’s the Link?

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Two troubling conditions—peanut allergies and kids eczema—have been studied for years but still continue to puzzle the medical community when it comes to finding definitive causes and treatments. And evidence of a link between the two conditions is growing. (Many peanut allergy sufferers know first-hand that exposure to peanuts can often be followed by a nasty eczema flare-up.)

Now, a new study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology reveals that children with eczema are at greater risk of developing peanut allergies if they are exposed to peanut protein in household dust at a young age. In fact, it doubled their risk.

The big trouble with the finding? Some eczema creams are made with peanut oil!

So what’s a concerned parent to do? While more research is being done, as with everything, it’s important to read labels carefully. Ingredients do get absorbed into skin, especially for people who may have cracked skin because of eczema. Choose soothing, natural, or organic products that are gentle and don’t contain any ingredients that will inflame skin more. California Baby Therapeutic Care Eczema Cream is made of a unique blend of plant extracts, like organic calendula and aloe vera, plus colloidal oatmeal. It’s also free of petroleum-based ingredients, synthetic fragrance and dyes.

Does my child have eczema?

Children, particularly babies, suffer from all sorts of bumps and rashes, from cradle cap to baby acne to the occasional hive. So it’s not always easy for parents to identify specific ailments. Eczema is a chronic condition that can start in infancy and continue throughout life that’s identified by itchy, leathery patches of skin, sometimes with blisters than can crack and weep. To find out more about what eczema looks like and how to soothe it, read our story on All About Baby Eczema. And if you suspect your child has it, talk to your doctor, who can help diagnosis her (and ease your worries).

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