The only thing worse than having an illness is when your child has one. It’s never nice to see them suffer from unpleasant symptoms and side effects.
Eczema is something that a fifth of all children experiences.
It can exist for a number of reasons, whether they are genetic or through the use of perfumed soap, shampoo, or fabric softener.
Animals or cigarette smoke can also be a factor and even some fabrics like nylon or wool.
In some cases, hard water is a factor. If this is so, it’s time to consider a water softener.
One thing that can be learned from GE is that the experts believe these are economical and eco friendly.
They are also easy to install. It’s helpful to study a website that gives product reviews, too, as customers are always honest and have nothing to lose.
Let’s now backtrack and look at what Eczema actually is.
If your child has red patches of dry or itchy skin, it can get cracked.
Skin infections sometimes result.
There can be a number of reasons for this, and it’s not always Eczema.
It’s, therefore, important to be diagnosed by a doctor first.
The cure could be one remedy or a combination of several. If a brand new rash appears, it is advisable to see the doctor immediately.
In some cases, steroids can be prescribed, and they should only be taken as directed by a doctor or pharmacist.
When your child has Eczema, it means the outer layer of their skin is not functioning correctly.
Avoid water that is too hot or too cold.
Your child should be bathed once or twice a week (unless they are visibly soiled).
Frequent washing will dry up the skin.
The best soaps to use are non-lather, scent-free, and gentle – the kind people use on babies.
It’s possible these days to buy baby wipes that are free of alcohol and are fragrance-free.
These are perfect to use, as are ‘tears free’ baby shampoos.
This sounds really extreme, doesn’t it!
It is important to see your doctor before you do this with your child.
Tests have confirmed that they can help children with eczema.
The percentage of bleach content is a bit like the ratio between chlorine and the water in a swimming pool.
Bleach is by nature, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory, so it can reduce symptoms.
The fumes from bleach are strong as you are no doubt aware, so if your child also has asthma, you should discuss this with your doctor.
First and foremost, aqueous cream should not be used on your child.
Adults often use aloe vera gel or apple cider vinegar to treat their eczema.
There are a number of products that are recommended for this condition.
Some complementary and alternative treatments have also been documented to be successful in treating eczema.
It is important to first consult a doctor before using any of these on your child.
Your child may love to snuggle up to a hot fireplace or furnace.
It’s cozy in the cold weather, right?
Unfortunately, this is another thing that will dry their skin and create heat rash and dry, itchy skin. Use a humidifier in winter.
For similar reasons, your child’s bedroom shouldn’t be too hot either.
Children are generally active and run around a lot.
The last thing your child will need is too many clothes.
With the heat comes sweat, and eczema symptoms will arise as a result.
You’ll be confused if I now say your child could wear mittens!
If they stop your child scratching, however, it will be worth it.
You may have had issues with your own skin, having washed your hands a lot before going out into windy weather.
The wind will dry your skin, so it’s best for your child to have the sensitive areas covered.
A scarf around the face is good if this is an area the child has issues – but don’t do this with babies as it could restrict breathing.
Some foods are inflammatory, such as dairy, eggs, and soy wheat. Others have the opposite effect, fortunately, such as fish beans and lentils, or colorful fruits and vegetables. Leafy greens, cinnamon, and turmeric are also anti-inflammatory. It is wise to let your child’s diet accommodate these benefits.
The good news is that most children outgrow Eczema. In the meantime, they should be able to live a normal, healthy life if they receive the right attention. Visit your doctor first for a diagnosis, and try to identify the cause. Read up on the best skincare for your child, and the most suitable products. Be wise with clothing and temperature, and provide a healthy but safe diet. The dividends will be a healthy and happy child – that’s what we all want, surely.