When And How To Use Steroid Creams For Children With Eczema

When And How To Use Steroid Creams For Children With Eczema


Pounamu’s eczema has flared up. If your child’s skin has active eczema and
is red and itchy, steroids can help to soothe the skin and allow it to heal and become comfortable
again. They’re used alongside other important eczema
treatments, particularly moisturisers and avoidance of soap. Topical steroids come in different strengths
and the choice of steroid to use will be made based on the degree of eczema and which part
of the body it’s on. Make sure you speak with your doctor or nurse
who prescribes the treatment so that you understand which part of the body each cream is meant
to be used on. Apply steroid creams to areas of active eczema
once or twice a day. The best time to put these on is straight
after the bath or shower before or after the moisturiser. Apply steroid creams just to the skin which
has active eczema, not to the entire body. Enough so that we can see just a nice shiny
layer over the skin like that. A bit more up here. When the eczema has gone away and the skin
is no longer red and itchy you can stop using the steroid cream. Continue to use moisturisers
though. The finger tip method can be a helpful way
to work out how much topical steroid cream to apply. If cream is squeezed out on the tip of your
finger from the first joint to the end, this amount of cream is expected to treat this
amount of skin — the size of two palms of your hands. Remember Steroid creams are safe and essential for
eczema care. Use steroids on any skin with red, itchy,
active eczema. Stop steroid creams when the eczema has gone
and start if the eczema returns but keep using moisturiser every day. If your child still has red, itchy, active
eczema, despite using steroid creams, please see your doctor or nurse.

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