what is the link between vitamin D and eczema?
- by Petra Jelinkova
We talk a lot about eczema and diet, what foods trigger eczema flare ups and food allergies with eczema. We talk about the importance of our bath time routine and getting the most amount of moisture into the skin. What we don’t talk so much about are the vitamins, or lack of, which can affect eczema in our little ones. With eczema the immune system and skin barrier don’t work properly and some studies have found that people with eczema are more likely to have lower vitamin D levels.
Why is Vitamin D important for eczema?
Vitamin D is really important for eczema, it sits on the surface of the skin and increases the amount of good bacteria which can fight any irritants the skin comes into contact with. It protects the skin from nasties getting in and making skin with eczema itchy and inflamed. It also works with the immune system to reduce levels of skin inflammation.
Both these properties of Vitamin D work together to help fight infections which can affect the skin. One more property of Vitamin D which is important for eczema is that it helps to strengthen the barrier of the skin, giving it more protection against irritants and triggers.
How to increase Vitamin D levels for your eczema bub
Before going down the path of increasing Vitamin D levels you should always speak to your doctor and assess if your child does actually have low Vitamin D levels.
Sunlight is the easiest and safest way to get more Vitamin D because the body won’t absorb any more Vitamin D from sunlight than it needs. Of course safe sun precautions should be followed to avoid sunburn and getting too hot.
If you’re thinking of supplementing your child’s diet with Vitamin D this is definitely something you should speak to your doctor about so you give the right amount and keep your child’s Vitamin D levels monitored.
Still more studies need to be done so we can know more about Vitamin D and eczema, but it is worthwhile being aware of it’s role in the immune system and the skin for our eczema bubs.
This blog post was brought to you and your bub with love and care by Julia and the itchy baby co. team x
Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only and you should always consult your medical professional