Eczema Awareness Week

What is Eczema?

Atopic eczema is a very common skin condition due to skin inflammation. It may start at any age but the onset is often in childhood. 1 in every 5 children in the UK is affected by eczema at some stage. It may also start later in life in people who did not have AE as a child.

The skin is often unbearably itchy, the urge to scratch can be irresistible. During a flare-up, it can also be red, cracked, sore and raw. Alongside the painful physical symptoms, many children and adults experience related sleeplessness, anxiety, depression and other mental health problems. 


Atopic eczema is a complex condition and a number of factors appear important for its development including patient susceptibility and environmental factors. AE is hereditary, it cannot be caught from somebody else.

Many things in our environment can initiate an eczema flare-up. Here are some common triggers:

  • Soaps, detergents or any chemicals applied to the skin.
  • Allergens such as food allergies, hay fever and asthma.
  • Clothing fabrics; wool and synthetic materials, such as polyester and nylon can cause itching.
  • Colder weather has been linked as a cause of a sudden downturn in the condition of skin with the onset of autumn/winter.
  • Infection from certain types of bacteria and viruses.
  • Exposure to sunlight can improve or worsen the skin condition, sunscreen can also irritate eczema.


Keeping skin moisturised using emollients (medical moisturisers) is key to managing all types of eczema. Topical steroids are the first-line treatment to bring flare-ups under control.

In extreme cases, you should talk to your doctor about other treatments that are available to help manage more severe symptoms.

The importance of Eczema Awareness

Most people realize that physically dealing with eczema can be extremely painful and downright annoying. What isn’t as widely discussed, however, is how it can emotionally affect those afflicted. Eczema can cause serious stress, anxiety, and even depression.┬áHaving eczema can feel isolating. Some people feel embarrassed to go out in public due to the condition of their skin. National Eczema Week serves as an excellent reminder that there are millions of other people who are dealing with this same condition.

At Tops Day Nurseries we recognise that the safety of the children is paramount. Therefore we are committed to ensuring that 100% of our staff, that are included in the Nursery ratios, have paediatric first aid training. All new colleagues are booked to attend first aid training within 3 months of employment, subject to availability.

To find out more about this condition then visit the British skin foundation.

Posted in: 2 year olds, 3 & 4 year olds, General, Safety