‘Hard’ Tap Water Linked to Eczema in Babies

water pipeA study carried out in Britain has suggested that hard tap water may increase risk of a baby getting a skin condition called eczema. Eczema is characterized by rashes and itchiness.

The researchers focused on checking the mineral content and chlorine levels in water supply. Their findings were that babies who lived in regions that were supplied with hard water had an 87 percent likelihood of having eczema.

According to the lead author Dr. Carsten Flohr, the study adds to the growing evidence of the exposure to hard water and its link to the risk of developing eczema in childhood.

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