Caring for Kids’ Skin Prone to Eczema

Caring for Kids’ Skin Prone to Eczema

Posted by Bio-First Team on

The number one priority here is to care for the child holistically and not just focus on their skin issues. When a child is prone to Eczema there are complex, variable and individual factors at play. 

A child’s unique personality, genetics, health profile and nature are all a part of why they’re prone to chronic rashes. 

How can you help ease its impact?

Knowing your child and factors linked to flare-ups is so important and no-one else can do this like you can. Of course there are also general issues and possible causes:

  • Genetics – an inherited tendency
  • Allergies
  • Irritants in the home, food, air, water, clothing, soaps, skincare products
  • Infections and illness – these can cause eczema outbreaks
  • Stress – may not cause but can make worse

There are 6 main types of Dermatitis/Eczema – this note is focused on Atopic which affects 1 in 5 children at some time, and 1 in 10 adults!

Before sharing some tips for managing skin prone to Eczema - please note there are times when a visit to the doctor is necessary such as:

  • The skin hasn’t cleared after 3 weeks of using a prescription treatment
  • There are lesions, blisters or open sores
  • The skin is cracking and bleeding
  • Infection has developed due to scratching
  • The child is otherwise unwell and miserable

Dr Jude’s Top Tips:

  • Keep the skin constantly moisturised with a deeply hydrating product even putting some in the school bag to use during day
  • Be sure to apply liberally onto warm skin straight after bath or shower
  • Choose a moisturiser that also helps reduce itching and scratching – products containing Colloidal Oatmeal can be ideal
  • Protect against infection by keeping affected skin clean with gentle soap
  • Select hypoallergenic products and even then patch test before use
  • Wash sheets, towels and clothes often using mild soap
  • Stick to natural fabrics against the skin
  • Avoid sweaty activities and situations where child overheats
  • Be aware of possible pet allergies
  • Be aware of possible food triggers
  • Try to de-emphasise rather than over-emphasise the problem
  • Convey confidence and reassurance that your simple measures and treatments will help
  • Encourage child to go in clean ocean if old enough and you have that option
  • For bad flare-ups, especially heat or allergy related, apply freshly picked and peeled aloe vera directly to skin – keep a supply of pieces in freezer
  • Find a single natural product that is emollient, hydrating, healing, gentle and protective
  • Look for one that repairs the skin barrier, helps balance pH and restores the microbiome – this will be your trusted friend and constant companion!

 

 

 

 

 

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