Can iron deficiency cause itchy skin and trigger skin prone to eczema?
- by Petra Jelinkova
Is there a link between irritated skin and iron deficiency?
We like to keep on top of what’s happening in skin research and share anything that might help to manage our children’s sensitive, itchy, and dry skin. New research has shown there is a link between irritated skin and Iron deficiency. Being deficient in iron means there is not enough iron to pump oxygen through our blood stream around the body. Researchers have also reported that children with sensitive skin are at higher risk for iron deficiency compared to children who don’t.
How do we get iron into our body?
At birth, babies have enough iron stores for several months unless the mother had low iron during pregnancy. The best source of iron is red meat, iron-fortified breakfast cereals or bread, eggs, nuts and seeds, and dried fruit such as apricot and raisins. It is important to maintain your child’s diet especially if they have sensitive skin and low levels of iron in their body (excluding food allergies, of course).
Symptoms of iron deficiency
Some symptoms caused by iron deficiency can be:
- pale skin
- unexplained, easy bruising and bleeding from cuts
- nosebleeds and bleeding gums
How do I know if my child is Iron deficient?
If you suspect your child is iron deficient, speak to your doctor who is likely to recommend a blood test.
Treatment of iron deficiency
Iron deficiency is usually treated by taking an iron supplement, something your doctor or pharmacist might recommend if a blood test confirms your child low in iron.
It is important to keep in mind that being iron deficient does not necessarily mean your child will develop sensitive skin or skin prone to eczema, or that every child who has sensitive skin is iron deficient. However, our bath soaks and moisturiser can help soothe the itchy, dry and irritated skin that can arise from these eczema flare ups.
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Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional.