According to a recent review of previous studies, children who took antibiotics during their first year of life were found to have about a 40 percent greater likelihood of developing eczema. However, researchers found no evidence that antibiotics taken by mothers during pregnancy raised the risk of developing the itchy skin disorder. Eczema is especially common among children, with between 10 and 20 percent experiencing symptoms of the disease. More than half of them continue to have symptoms into adulthood. It is thought that antibiotic use during the first year of life predisposes children to developing the skin disease since antibiotics eliminate intestinal microbes that play an important role in the immune system’s development after birth.

Your dermatologist is an excellent resource for questions about skin care at all stages of life. At our practice, we have advanced training and experience to detect and treat virtually any skin problem, including suspicious moles, eczema, acne, and more. For professional medical care for your skin, contact ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111. Our office is conveniently located at 103 N. Haven Suite. We are accepting new patients and most insurance plans are accepted. We strive to provide the highest care to our patients.


Todd T. Davis, MD
Board-Certified Dermatologist


P.S. According to the study mentioned above, the more antibiotics a child under the age of one year took, the more his or her risk of developing eczema increased.