Dry, itchy skin is quite common to the brave individuals who live through Minnesota winters. However, did you ever think that your water could be making things worse? A new study reveals that having hard water is linked to eczema and increase itching in kids.
Researchers in England founds that children who lived in hard water areas (defined as calcium carbonate concentration of 258 mg/ L in the water supply) had up to a 5 times higher risk of developing eczema. Scientists theorize that hard water alters the barrier function of the skin. This may allow allergens and bacteria into the skin, leading to itching. It has yet to be shown if these kids’ eczema improved when a water softener was introduced, but these studies are pending.
Happy Holidays to all and thank you for the well wishes- new baby Khalil is almost 1 month old (and we will try not to expose him to any hard water!).