Mother’s age at time of birth. It’s not clear why, but children born to older women are more likely to develop eczema than children born to younger women.
Role of environment. Children are more likely to develop eczema if they:
- Are in higher social classes
- Live in urban areas with higher levels of pollution
- Live in colder climates
Eczema is not an allergic reaction. Even so, a large number of children who have eczema also have food allergies. That doesn’t mean that certain foods such as dairy, eggs, and nuts — common food allergy triggers in children with eczema — cause it or make it worse. Before removing particular foods from your child’s diet, talk with your health care provider to be sure your child’s nutritional needs will be met.
The Role of Triggers in Eczema
A trigger is not something that causes eczema. But it can cause it to flare or make a flare worse.
The most common triggers are substances that irritate the skin. For instance, in many people with eczema, wool or man-made fibers that come in contact with the skin can trigger a flare.
Examples of other things that can irritate the skin include: