Minimize Eczema Triggers and Flares with These 6 Tips.

Minimize Eczema Triggers and Flares with These 6 Tips.

Anne Fairchild McVey

Does Your Child Suffer From Eczema?

Understanding Common Eczema Triggers Can Prevent and Minimize an Eczema Flare.

Below Are the Most Common Eczema Triggers to Remove From Your Child's Environment.

Laundry Detergent

Always use a FREE and CLEAR laundry detergent on your child's clothes, towels and sheets.  Never use dryer sheets or fabric softener. Use half the recommended amount of detergent and always use the extra rinse cycle.


Cats and dogs are known eczema triggers. Keep animals out of your child's bedroom. If your child also has asthma, consider giving your pet to a friend or family member for 2 weeks to see if it minimizes eczema and asthma symptoms.

Dust Mites

Dust mites are a known eczema trigger. Make sure to vacuum regularly, especially in the bedroom. Use a vacuum with a hepa filter. Encase your child's bedding with allergy friendly mattress encasements.  Wash stuffed animals in hot water regularly and wash sheets weekly in hot water. If your child's eczema is severe, consider removing carpet and drapes from the bedroom and the house in general.

Food Sensitivities

Try removing a food group for a week and see what happens to your child's eczema. Always leave a week between food groups. Egg, dairy, wheat, soy and nuts are the top food allergens to trigger eczema.


Only use products approved by the National Eczema Association. Many eczema cleansers, shampoos and conditioners have known eczema triggers.  The National Eczema Association has a Seal of Acceptance program. Take advantage of their research and products given their Seal.


Avoid synthetic fabrics and wool. Tencel® fabric is proven beneficial for eczema. To shop Tencel® eczema clothing visit 100% cotton clothing is the next best thing after Tencel® fabric for eczema. Tencel® is softer than silk, more absorbent than cotton and cooler than linen.