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As a parent it can be very hard to watch your child struggle with the itchiness and discomfort from eczema. Childrens Health of Ocala will help you with the Dos and Don’ts of caring for your child’s skin.
- Keep the Skin Moisturized
- When your child’s skin gets parched from the heat or dry weather, they are more likely to experience an eczema flareup. Use a thick moisturizing lotion or cream with a high oil content to keep the skin moist. Your child also may require a medicated ointment if their eczema is severe. It is important to moisturize right after your child gets out of the tub, and when it is cold outside.
- Keep Them Cool
- When your child’s skin gets warm and sweaty, it provides the perfect conditions for an eczema flareup. Keep bath and shower temperatures on the cool side and limit outdoor activities when it is excessively hot.
- Treat Skin in the Bath
- In addition to using cooler water in the tub, you can add several household products to your child’s bath to help calm eczema. Oatmeal, baking soda, and even bleach can soothe irritated skin.
- Identify and Avoid Allergens
- About a third of all children with eczema also suffer from a food allergy. If your child suffers from eczema, consult with your Ocala pediatrician to determine if your child has an allergy.
- Teach Healthy Habits
- Many daily habits can help reduce eczema flareups. Drinking plenty of water, getting lots of sleep, and eating healthy foods can all help keep your child’s skin clear.
- Use Scented Products
- Laundry detergents, soaps and lotions with scents can further aggravate the skin of a child with eczema. Opt for dye-free and unscented products to keep your child’s skin clear.
- Dress Your Child in Itchy Clothing
- Certain fabrics can irritate the skin and cause eczema to flare. Soft fabrics that are breathable, like cotton, will be more comfortable for your child’s skin than itchy fabrics, like wool.
- Let Your Child Scratch Their Skin
- Although it’s itchy, scratching skin with eczema can worsen the condition or even cause an infection. Keep your child’s nails short to reduce the risk, especially if they are very young.
- Ignore Signs of a Skin Infection
- Eczema can make your child’s skin very susceptible to infection. If you notice any pus-filled bumps, weeping skin, or crusty areas that look different than the other patches of eczema, get your child in to see their Ocala pediatrician right away.
- Apply Hand Sanitizer to Your Child’s Hands
- While it’s great for convenience, the alcohol in hand sanitizers can be very rough and drying on the skin. Be sure to have your child wash their hands in the sink with an unscented moisturizing soap.
Keeping eczema under control is important for your child’s comfort. Our pediatric specialists can help you treat and manage your child’s skin to keep them happy and healthy.