Eczema cases among children remain high

Environmental factors such as heat, pollution and house dust mites, as well as stress, could contribute to an increase in severity of children’s eczema.
Environmental factors such as heat, pollution and house dust mites, as well as stress, could contribute to an increase in severity of children’s eczema. PHOTO: ISTOCKPHOTO
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including participating in outdoor activities, is encouraged among young eczema patients, but limit such activities when the weather is hot.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including participating in outdoor activities, is encouraged among young eczema patients, but limit such activities when the weather is hot. PHOTO: ST FILE

Eczema in children here remains a common condition and the number of cases could rise further, doctors say.

One in five school-going children in Singapore has atopic dermatitis, the most common form of eczema, which often starts in infancy or early childhood.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 01, 2019, with the headline 'Eczema cases among children remain high'. Print Edition | Subscribe