Pediatric Dermatologist Weighs in on the Common Triggers of Childhood Ezcema and How to Effectively Treat and Prevent the Condition

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Beverly Hills Dermatologist and children’s skincare specialist Dr. Robin Schaffran provides tips and tools for a safe and scratch-free winter.

With an increased awareness of eczema-related triggers and the availability of products like Dr. Robin For Kids Soothing Daily Moisture Cream, keeping our children’s skin in optimal health can be both easy and gentle,” said Dr. Robin Schaffran.

Winter is in full swing and during these harsh months, skin irritations and rashes associated with eczema become more frequent, especially among children. Eczema is a skin condition marked by dry, itchy patches that sometimes become raw and bleed. Pediatric dermatologist, skincare expert and creator of the family skincare line Dr. Robin for Kids ( has identified common triggers of the condition and how families can not only alleviate but prevent eczema-related rashes and their uncomfortable symptoms.

According to, Eczema is twice as common as it was 30 years ago. At any given time, five to 10 percent of children in America have eczema and with 85 percent of them experience eczema before the age of five. The condition can typically surface when children are two to three months of age and while it can resolve itself in time, up to 40 percent of cases continue into adulthood.*** With such a common rate of occurrence among children, it’s important for families to know how to effectively identify, treat and prevent flare-ups.

“Many parents think eczema is only caused by cold weather or mix signs of eczema up for being just severely dry skin, which is not necessarily the case,” said Dr. Robin Schaffran. “Eczema is actually a skin condition in which the skin is unable to retain moisture properly. While it is normal for water to evaporate from the skin, individuals with eczema lose more moisture than normal and these higher levels of moisture loss make the skin more susceptible to irritations and rashes. Particularly during the winter season when cold weather is already a trigger, it’s important for parents to be aware of the other factors that can contribute to eczema in children and what preventative measures they can take.”

To educate parents on how they can best prevent a scratchy winter, Dr. Robin partnered up with, an online provider of quality health information, to explain some of the common triggers of eczema-related rashes and offer some suggestions for parents to deal with these symptoms. For a comprehensive breakdown go to Here is a quick overview of five of these common factors that particularly effect children during this time of year and the best ways to treat this condition.

  •     Dry air - Dry air and low ambient humidity is one of the most common causes of eczema and can particularly cause flare-ups during the winter season. The combination of the cold air outside, which holds less humidity at this time of year, mixed with heated indoor temperatures pulls moisture out of the skin.
  •     Germ sharing - When kids are in school and daycare, they are surrounded by germs. When their resistance is down, this is a recipe for contracting viruses, coughs, and colds. When this happens to children with eczema, their already compromised skin is even more susceptible to irritations and rashes caused by lack of moisture in their skin.
  •     Stress - Stress is another factor that can cause a flare-up. Schoolwork, extracurricular activities, the holidays and busy schedules all activities that can generate stress and contribute to eczema-related rashes.
  •     Skin irritants - When the weather is colder outside, kids are wearing more layers of clothing and certain products, fabrics, textures and even dust can irritate the skin. Where normal skin can tolerate certain these factors, children with eczema have skin that doesn’t function as a normal barrier against the elements or provide the same protective abilities, and this leaves the skin more vulnerable to coming into contact with something that causes irritability. Their skin reacts by drying easily and becoming inflamed.
  •     Environmental allergies & asthma - Eczema flare-ups are also associated with seasonal environmental allergies and asthma. Typically, if a child has environmental allergies or asthma, a flare-up in one condition causes the child to be sensitive to a flare-up in the other.

Once parents are familiar with these common triggers for eczema-related irritations and rashes, Dr. Robin recommends a two-pronged approach to preventing the condition. The first is to treat the symptoms of the existing inflammations and rashes, which usually requires medication that can be prescribed by a pediatrician or the family doctor. The second is to prevent eczema before it starts by diligently applying products that add moisture to problem skin that lacks barrier function.

To make this dual approach both easy for families and safe for kids, Dr. Robin created Dr. Robin for Kids, a gentle yet effective line of products that use high quality ingredients without unnecessary irritating chemicals, phthalates, parabens or fragrances. The newest product in the line, Dr. Robin for Kids Soothing Daily Moisture Cream (, is a luxuriously balanced formula that is ideal for use on normal, sensitive and eczema-prone skin. The moisturizing lotion contains Safflower Oil and Coconut Oil, both scientifically proven to nourish and heal. The formula also comes packed full of enriching natural rice bran ceramides (natural skin lipids) that help maintain and restore skin’s permeability to keep it safe and moist. Another ingredient, organic quinoa, helps nourish skin with protein-rich amino acids. Pomegranate extract provides important anti-oxidants crucial to protecting from environmental damage.

In using this approach, it’s imperative to be diligent in caring for children’s skin year round and between flare-ups, and to combine products such as Dr. Robin for Kids Soothing Daily Moisture Cream ( effective application methods. One method Dr. Robin recommends is regular, relaxing warm baths. A warm, steamy bath or shower is excellent for the skin and surges it with water for optimal moisturization. The crucial element to this practice, however, is to seal in the moisture with moisturizing cream as soon as bath time is over. Otherwise, it will quickly evaporate. Dr. Robin recommends making a habit out of moisturizing children’s skin as soon as they hop out of the tub.

“With an increased awareness of eczema-related triggers and the availability of products, such as my Soothing Daily Moisture Cream (, keeping our children’s skin in optimal health can be both easy and gentle,” said Dr. Robin. “In addition, our lives and families will be happier by being able to spend autumn and winter focusing more on fun and less on itching, scratching, and dry uncomfortable skin.”

The full line of Dr. Robin for Kids products is available for sale at

About Dr. Robin:

Robin Schaffran, M.D (Dr. Robin) is a board-certified Beverly Hills Pediatric Dermatologist and mother of three. Through treating families in her private practice for over 10 years and also as an attending staff physician at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Schaffran developed an expertise in children’s skin health and created Dr. Robin for Kids, formulated specifically for babies and children. Dr. Robin for Kids provides gentle products composed of high quality ingredients without unnecessary irritating chemicals, phthalates, parabens or fragrances. The products are manufactured in Southern California and formulated to minimize allergic reaction. Dr. Robin attended McGill University in Montreal and the University Of Toronto Medical School, where she graduated as a member of the Alpha-Omega-Alpha Honors Medical Society. She completed her internal medicine internship at Beth Israel Hospital of Harvard Medical School and her Dermatology residency training at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland.



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