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Childhood eczema and asthma on the rise

May 16, 2019

If your baby or child suffers from eczema or asthma then you are not alone. According to research, childhood eczema is on the rise, with the British Skin Foundation saying that 1 in 5 UK children are affected by eczema at some stage.

Unfortunately, when it comes to childhood asthma the facts are equally concerning. Asthma UK says that 1 in 11 children in the UK has asthma and that a child is admitted to hospital every 20 minutes because of an asthma attack.

What is childhood eczema?

Eczema is a non-contagious inflammatory skin condition that gives rise to dry, cracked, red skin, which can be incredibly itchy.

Not only can this be physically unpleasant for young children, some can also feel embarrassed or ostracised because of their eczema, particularly where it is visible on the face, hands and body.

According to the National Institute for Health Research, childhood eczema is usually the ‘atopic’ type. This often begins before a child’s first birthday and tends to run in families. It is linked to allergies and allergic respiratory conditions such as asthma and hay fever.

Typically affecting the skin’s barrier, it can be made worse by environmental exposure to irritating particles from chemicals, other allergens, bacteria and viruses.

For this reason, it can be useful to install a small air purification unit in your home, particularly in rooms where your children spend most of their time, such as the nursery, kitchen or lounge.

These purifiers can clean the air of irritants and pollutants, helping ensure that your child is less exposed to potential eczema triggers.

What is childhood asthma?

Childhood asthma is no different from adult asthma. It is caused when the breathing tubes that carry air to and from the lungs begin to swell. This temporary narrowing makes it difficult for the child to breathe properly, impacting their ability to exert themselves and even sleep.

According to the NHS, asthma triggers include smoke, pollution, house dust mites and pollen.

Again, you can remove these triggers from your indoor environment by investing in air purifiers that clean the air in your home several times an hour.

How do air purifiers work?

Air purifiers work by capturing airborne contaminants such as pollen, dust, pet dander, mold spores, smoke, allergens and bacteria.

The air purifiers supplied by The Conscious Parent Company actually remove contaminants down to a virus in size, cleaning the air completely five times per hour.

The Blue Pure 411 is designed for rooms up to 15 m² whilst the Blue Pure 221 Air Purifier cleans the entire volume of air in a 50 m² (540 ft²) room.

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