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Cradle Cap Natural Remedies

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Cradle Cap Natural Remedies

Children who have eczema or a family history of eczema are highly susceptible to developing cradle cap, which is a form of scalp dermatitis also known as childhood seborrhoeic eczema. It’s not caused by poor hygiene and it’s not contagious. What occurs is the sebaceous glands in the infant’s skin become inflamed and produce excess oil. The oil traps the skin as it sheds and forms thick yellow crusts (or a "cap") on the scalp. It can appear quite suddenly between two to six months of age. Cradle cap predominantly affects babies during their first few months of life however if untreated...

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What are the different types of eczema?

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What are the different types of eczema?

'Eczema' is the collective term for any type of dermatitis that is itchy and there are seven main types. Here is a comprehensive list of eczema types, the various symptoms to look for and your best treatment options.   Atopic eczema, atopic dermatitis Atopic eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is eczema with one or more allergies present (atopic = allergy). Atopic is the most prevalent form of eczema and is common in children although it can occur at any age. Triggers of atopic eczema include: allergic reactions and food sensitivities, skin infection, nutritional deficiencies, diet high in acid-forming foods,  soaps and detergents,...

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Top 5 Lunchbox Foods to Avoid if you have Eczema

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Top 5 Lunchbox Foods to Avoid if you have Eczema

When your child has eczema, packing their school lunchbox can be a little tricky. Many typical lunchbox items can trigger itchy skin (or make it worse) and concentrating in class can become a challenge. School children with eczema are often self-conscious about their flakey, rash-covered skin and may avoid sporting activities or resort to wearing long-sleeved winter clothes in the heat of summer in order to hide their skin. Parents often ask how they can help their child feel more comfortable at school. One way is to avoid packing "flare-up" foods in their lunchbox as this helps to minimise the risk of flare-ups during class.  Here...

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Eczema and MSG Sensitivity

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Eczema and MSG Sensitivity

MSG is a natural building block of proteins and when it’s not attached to protein it enhances the flavour of foods. However, consumption of MSG can cause a vast range of side-effects including eczema symptoms. The first medical reports on the adverse effects of MSG referred to it as “Chinese Restaurant Syndrome”. According to the American Nutrition Association, at least 25% of the U.S. population have adverse reactions to free glutamic acid, a source of MSG present in many packaged foods. Most people don’t know they’re sensitive to flavour enhancers and children are commonly affected.  Research by Loblay and Swain from the RPA...

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What is Eczema?

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What is Eczema?

Eczema is derived from a Greek word meaning "to boil out", possibly because people with eczema tend to overheat as their skin does not regulate temperature properly. "Eczema" is also the general term for any type of dermatitis that is itchy. There are many types of eczema and most look red and inflamed and some will blister, weep or peel. Eczema typically affects the insides of the elbows, backs of the knees and the face but some types of eczema can cover most of the body.        Diagnosing Eczema ... Eczema is diagnosed using the following criteria. Firstly, you...

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