Tips For Eczema In Children
Eczema is painful, even for adults. Itching, burning, and rash flare-ups are terrible, especially when your child is dealing with them. There are a few things you can do that can help soothe your child and make them feel better.
You should bathe your child in lukewarm water, not hot water. Hot water will further irritate the skin or cause new flare-ups to happen. You should only keep your child in the bath for around 5 to 10 minutes.
Do not use any heavily fragranced soaps or lotions. Use a soap that is chemically-fragrance-free and mild to avoid skin irritation. After taking your child out of the bath, gently pat their skin dry until it is still partially damp. You can then apply any eczema medicine that you may have for your child.
After that, you should apply a good moisturizer to your child’s skin. A good moisturizer will be thick and free of harsh ingredients. And remember, nothing works the same for everyone.
You may need to practice some trial and error by sampling different types of moisturizers to find one that helps your child’s eczema the best.
Applying a moisturizer twice a day, at least, can prevent the skin from becoming dried out or cracked. If used regularly it can also help lessen the need for medications. It's important to continue a moisturizing routine, even when eczema symptoms begin to improve or have improved drastically.
You should make sure that your child’s nails are kept short, clean, and smooth. This will help to lessen the risk of the skin being punctured from scratching, which can lead to bacteria entering the skin and infections. You can try putting cotton gloves on your child’s hands to help prevent scratching if they're having a hard time resisting the itch.
If you can, avoid going to places with air that is very dry or where your child will be prone to sweat or possibly overheating. This will help to prevent flare-ups from becoming worse.
You might need to invest in a humidifier for your child's room or your home to keep the environment comfortable. This will reduce your child's urge to scratch while home playing or while sleeping.
You'll be surprised at the things you will pay more attention to when it comes to helping ease your child's eczema.
There are many different laundry soaps that are specifically formulated for sensitive skin. They are made without artificial fragrances and harsh irritants. Highly scented fabric softener or dryer sheets can irritate your child’s skin.
You should try to buy clothes that do not have tags or try to remove them because the friction against the skin can cause irritation.
Always wash new or even secondhand clothes before your child wears them to remove any irritants that may be on them and lessen the chances of flare-ups. It doesn't matter if the secondhand item you get is freshly washed; you don't know what kind of detergent was used and it shouldn't be risked.
Importance of a Daily Routine
Having a good skincare routine in place for your child can drastically change their quality of life. You should take your child to see a dermatologist to get a better grasp on what needs to be done to help your child live with their skin condition. Practicing good skincare now can also help your child learn how to take care of their skin on their own when they are older.
Eczema and other skin conditions usually begin to show around the age of 5 or 6. Some kids that suffer from this type of skin condition will grow out of it as they get older. Sometimes the condition will return once they hit puberty. These tips will help both you and your child to adjust to living with eczema and how to make it a little more stress-free for both of you.
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