Vitamin D Supplements Can be Helpful for Winter-related Eczema in Children.
Winter can be a tough time for eczema sufferers. The cold, dry air can makes cracked, dry skin worse and harder to manage. Most people know that Emollient Therapy can really help dehydrated eczema during winter months but there is new research that also suggests taking Vitamin D can help control and manage winter eczema.
A recent study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology October 2014 suggests Vitamin D can help to improve child eczema in the winter.
The researchers wanted to determine the effect of vitamin D supplementation on winter-related eczema.
The researchers did a small randomized trial in Boston during the winter with 2-17 year olds. The average age of the children in the study was 9 years old. The children in this study had a tendency for their eczema to be worse in the winter. One group was given Vitamin D (1000 IU/day) and the other group was given a placebo for one month. Both groups were given education on eczema and basic skin care with emollients.
The study found that Vitamin D supplementation can significantly improve winter eczema.
This study was done because researchers were attributing Phototherapy’s effectiveness on eczema from the increase of Vitamin D. They wanted to see if a Vitamin D supplement would help the eczema and not expose the children to harmful UV rays of Phototherapy.
This improvement is attributed to Vitamin D’s immune boosting attributes.
Doctors do not like to test Vitamin D levels as the tests are usually expensive. Having your child take a Vitamin D supplement in the winter is a easy, inexpensive way to help their eczema. Make sure to discuss this with your child’s doctor and child’s pharmacist to make sure you give them the right dose.