Infants and young children who suffer from eczema may experience a dramatic worsening of their symptoms when the cold weather hits.
Some children whose eczema is easily controlled with lotions and creams during the warmer months may experience an acute worsening of their dermatitis in the winter, only partially relieved by steroid creams. Fortunately, there may be hope for these children.
A study done in October 2014 at Massachusetts General Hospital suggests that supplementation with Vitamin D drops may improve these symptoms dramatically. This research suggests that these children may be Vitamin D deficient, leading to their worsening eczema. So if your child suffers from severe eczema in the winter months, talk to your pediatrician to see if Vitamin D supplementation is right for your child.
Reviewed by Dr. Sara Connolly, January 2020