Low vitamin D in children linked to baby eczema severity
Here is an article about Vitamin D that I thought I would share with you. Dr Cannell started the Vitamin D Council and has great information on diseases and conditions relating to low Vitamin D.
Atopic dermatitis or eczema is an allergic, inflammatory, chronic, non-contagious and very itchy skin disorder. The skin of a patient with eczema reacts abnormally to irritants, foods, dust, mites, pollen and other allergens to become red, flaky and very itchy. The skin also becomes vulnerable to bacterial infections.
In the last several decades, eczema has become dramatically more common, especially among children. It now affects almost 20% of all children and up to 3% of adults in industrialized countries; its prevalence in the United States alone has nearly tripled in the past thirty years.
Tests in Turkey of 74 children with eczema whose initial average vitamin D levels was around 11 ng/ml.
They found that in the children with lower vitamin D levels, the worse the eczema.
If your child has eczema:
Dr. Cannell recommends to start giving him vitamin D3, about 1,000 IU for every 25 pounds of body weight per the Vitamin D Council’s recommendations. When you calculate dose, round up; so a thirty pound child would take 2,000 IU/day and a 55 pound child would take 3,000 IU/day. It may take a while – several months – but based on what the evidence we have today, the eczema should improve with time.
I hope you find this article on children, Vitamin D and eczema helpful.