Eczema in children

Eczema and contact dermatitis account for 84-90% of occupational skin disease, and affects up to one in five children. It usually appears for the first time before your child is two years old, and more than half of children will be over it by the time they're teenagers, but it can also continue into adulthood.

Eczema is a form of dermatitis, which is an acute or chronic inflammation of the skin.

Having eczema means that the skin's barrier doesn't work as well as it should, which makes it drier. Skin will be more prone to infections and allergens can enter the skin more easily, which can make the condition worse.

In mild cases of eczema, the skin is dry, scaly, red and itchy. In more severe cases there may be weeping, crusting and bleeding. Constant scratching causes the skin to split and bleed and also leaves it open to infection.

Atopic eczema is a genetic condition based on the interaction between a number of genes and environmental factors. In most cases there will be a family history of either eczema or one of the other ‘atopic’ conditions i.e asthma or hay fever.

Eczema can't be cured, but it can be controlled with the right treatments.


We were introduced to the Salt Cave by the headmistress of Kiaan’s school and to advantage of an offer to the school for a free session at the cave. After just 3 sessions we noticed the difference in Kiaan’s eczema and after just 7 sessions the condition had completely cleared up...

Kiaan M

We are extremely grateful to the staff at the salt cave and would highly recommend this as an alternative treatment for anyone with eczema conditions!


Both boys enjoy being in the Salt Cave so being here keeps them entertained for an hour. I believe it has helped keep their eczema outbursts to a minimum. As soon as they show signs of being under the weather we bring them and since we started coming full blown infections and viruses have been notably reduced.

Dexter L

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