Eczema: Tips to help your child feel better

Eczema: Tips to help your child feel better


While most children’s eczema does not have a clear cause, such as an allergy, most eczema will improve with good skin care. These tips from dermatologists can reduce the severity and frequency of your child’s flare-ups: Bathe your child in warm – not hot – water and limit your child’s bath time to 5 or 10 minutes. Use a mild, fragrance-free cleanser only when needed. Do not use bubble bath. If your child’s eczema is frequently infected, twice-weekly bleach baths may be beneficial. Discuss this option with your child’s dermatologist. After bathing, gently pat your child’s skin partially dry. If your child has medicine that you apply to the skin, use the medicine as directed and apply when your child’s skin is almost dry. Next, apply moisturizer on top of the medicine and to the rest of your child’s skin. For best results, apply a thick cream or ointment at least twice a day. This prevents dryness and cracking. It also can decrease the need for eczema medications. Some children do better with fragrance-free products. Petroleum jelly is an inexpensive, fragrance-free product that works well for many children. Sometimes “trial and error” sampling of different types helps to identify the best moisturizer for your child. Keep temperature and humidity levels comfortable. Avoid situations in which the air is extremely dry, or where your child may sweat and overheat. This is the most common trigger of the itch/scratch cycle. If your child has severe itching and scratching, ask your child’s dermatologist about wet wrap therapy. This can reduce swelling and lessen the desire to scratch. Keep your child’s fingernails short and smooth. This decreases the likelihood that scratching will puncture the skin. Putting cotton gloves on your child’s hands at night may help prevent scratching during sleep. Using a laundry detergent made for sensitive skin may be beneficial. Scented fabric softener or dryer sheets may contribute to irritation. Use enough water for adequate rinsing and only use the recommended amount of detergent. Buy clothes without tags since tags can rub against the skin, causing irritation. Wash your child’s new clothes before wearing. This will remove excess dyes and fabric finishers, which can irritate the skin. If you have questions or concerns about caring for your skin you should make an appointment to see a dermatologist. To find a dermatologist in your area, visit aad.org.

3 Comments

  • Mary Palmer says:

    If dermatitis stays without treatment, it could possibly cause serious health issue.

  • Logan Huang says:

    I would suggest you ask your doc to prescribe you Clobetasol….its a water based gel that gets rid of the eczema, skin is less scaly/wrinkly and it evens the skin tone too. But if you dont wanna use drugs you should try vunatias eczema remedy handbook.

  • Purpose Driven says:

    Organic shea or cocoa butter is great for eczema

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