Vitamin D for Kids with Eczema

Vitamin D for Kids with Eczema

Posted on 21. Sep, 2016 by in In the News

A daily vitamin D supplement might be helpful for children with eczema that gets worse in the winter. A recent study included 107 kids between the ages of 2 and 17, all with atopic dermatitis that flared up in cold weather. The children were divided into two groups — those who received 1,000 IU of vitamin D daily and those who received a placebo.

After a month, kids who received the vitamin D supplements had an average 29 percent improvement in their symptoms. Researchers are exploring a possible link between deficiency of the sunshine vitamin and eczema, which would help explain why the condition gets worse during the winter, when the sun’s rays are weaker and most of us get less exposure.

Although more research is needed to determine vitamin D’s benefits for adults and year-round symptoms of eczema, study authors encourage parents to discuss these findings with their child’s doctor.

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