Do you have a child with eczema? Ben has had eczema since he was a small baby. At a few weeks old his skin was covered in tiny spots predominantly on his hands and feet. This was diagnosed as Dyshidrotic Eczema. Now at 12 Ben has grown out of it a little and using a few strategies to help, the symptoms are now minimal. As it is National Eczema Week this week (17th September onwards) I thought I would share with you some tips I have discovered along the way.
Tips for Bathtime when your child has Eczema
Use a bath additive such as Oilatum junior emollient in the water. This helps to moisturise the body and soothe the dry skin with eczema. Be careful though as it can make your child or baby very slippery.
Always make sure your child is dried thoroughly because any damp can irritate. You can even consider specific Eczema clothing if this may help.
Be careful when choosing soaps and shower gels to avoid ones with fragrances in. Even shampoos with fragrances in can irritate. Specialist body washes or soaps for eczema are great.
Towels that are new and fluffy are so much softer on sore skin.
Put oats in a muslin or organza bag and hold under the tap when you are running the bath. The oat milk produced is so good for the skin. Of course, oats are super cheap at about 75p a bag and worth a try even if it doesn’t work for you.
Moisturise well after a bath using a prescribed moisturiser or a fragrance-free gentle moisturiser.
When washing hands ensure they are well dried and moisturised afterwards, if necessary with a non-scented moisturiser.
Tips for Clothes and Laundry when your child has eczema
Avoid laundry products with heavy scents and once you find one that doesn’t irritate your child’s skin stick with it.
After washing clothes give them an extra rinse to help remove any chemicals which may irritate.
Remove labels from clothes to stop them irritating any eczema in the area.
Try to dress your child in natural fabrics as much as possible, like cotton. Man-made fabrics can cause you to sweat more and this can irritate eczema.
Tips for comforting your child with Eczema
Make sure stuffed toys are regularly cleaned and are soft. Rough toys and dirt on them can irritate the skin and tempt a child to scratch.
To discourage children from scratching have activities available that use their hands and distract them. Crafts are good for this or cooking, with sticky hands they are less likely to scratch!
Reward them for not scratching, it is hard and they will struggle. Letting them know you understand how bad it is will help make them smile.
Tips for you as a parent of a child with Eczema
If your child is struggling to sleep remember to sleep when you can too. Looking after them in the night can be tiring.
Relax and have a cuppa and remember you need your sanity too.
Instead of scented bubble baths use a candle for yourself so you can all use the same products but you still get the luxury and scent when you need to relax.
This post has been sponsored by Oilatum but all opinions above are my own and I don’t need any encouragement to tell you how great Oilatum has been for Ben’s skin!
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