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Childhood eczema: Triggers can cause eczema to flare


Happy baby. Find out if something on your child’s own body could be triggering the eczema.
Triggers on your child’s body

A trigger can cause a new eczema flare-up or worsen existing eczema. Here’s how to figure out whether anything on your child’s body could be an eczema trigger.

Baby on rug with toys
How can I find indoor eczema triggers?

Everything from dry air to a sudden temperature change can trigger an eczema flare-up. This chart can help you find and avoid common indoor triggers.

Girl on sled: Dry air, cold temperatures, and indoor heating can irritate your child’s skin, causing eczema to flare.
How can I find outdoor eczema triggers?

If spending time outdoors causes your child’s eczema to flare, this chart may help you figure out why and what you can do to prevent flare-ups.

Child applying eczema-friendly lotion
How to find products least likely to trigger a flare

Kids with eczema have sensitive skin, so products ranging from laundry detergent to baby wipes can trigger an eczema flare-up. These tips can help avoid such flare-ups.

Kids in classroom.
What can help control eczema triggers at school?

Sending a child who has eczema to school can feel daunting. To help parents and kids feel more comfortable, here’s what dermatologists recommend.

Boy stressing over homework. Stress is a common eczema trigger.
Stress: Is it a common eczema trigger?

Stress often becomes an eczema trigger in a child’s tween or teen years. Here are ways you can help your teen or tween cope, which can reduce eczema flare-ups.

kids on basketball court
Eczema triggers: How to avoid them while playing sports

Heat and sweat are common eczema triggers. By following these precautions, most kids who have eczema can attend gym class and play sports.

child swimming. Pool chemicals can dry the skin.
Will swimming in a pool trigger my child’s eczema?

Pool water can irritate eczema, causing a flare-up. Find out when you need to keep a child with eczema out of the pool and what precautions to take when it’s okay to get in the water.


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