Disclosure: I am totally not a medical doctor, but I have been helping my daughter for 10 years that has severe eczema. Always consult a doctor first. (PS Post contains affiliate links)
So, they told you your child has eczema. Sometimes people thinks it’s no big deal, others are a little scare what that mean. One thing for sure for your child it means itchy, uncomfortable skin! Think of having a mild case of poison ivy on your skin 24/7. Yep, that is the world of eczema!
My daughter, Bayla, was diagnosed with eczema at a very young age. If I remember right, it was about six months old. Pretty much since birth, she had splotches and scaly patches on her skin. In our daughter’s case, we noticed that when I would eat certain things (I was nursing her at the time) her skin would get red and flared. It took me a YEAR fighting with doctors for them to finally agree to test her. Her test results concluded she had a LOT of allergies as well. (Which tends to be true with kids with eczema)
When we were going through all this with our daughter, there wasn’t a whole lot of resources about eczema in children let alone what to do about it. That’s why I am gracing you with my knowledge. If you are reading this post for some help, maybe you might just find some answers that make your child more comfortable.
All of these tips are tried and true by my family. You might find that these are amazing helpers to soothe your child, or you might find somethings work better. (Which we would love for you to share by the way)
Tip to Deal With Eczema In Children
Disclosure: Yep, still not a doctor. Consult a doctor before taking my advice
1. Get your child tested for allergies: If you haven’t already, ask to get your child checked for allergies. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology 37% of children with eczema also have food allergies.
2. Avoid hot water: When your child showers or bathes, avoid using hot warm. Hot water dries the skin out, and that is the last thing anyone with eczema needs. Make sure to bathe in warm water.
3. Moisturize: The best time to moisturize is within three minutes of bathing. That helps lock the water in the skin. We use thick moisturizers, like Vanicream, to do this when my daughter’s eczema is only slightly flared.
4. Stay free and clear: Most kids with eczema can’t handle a lot of perfumes in their lives. So stay free and clear and use sensitive skin laundry detergent. Some of our favorites is All Free and Clear, Dreft, and Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent.
5. 100% cotton is the way to go: As far as sleep wear, 100% cotton pajamas is the way to go. Most pajamas have a flame retardant chemical added to them which can irritate kids with eczema. My favorite place to grab our 100% cotton pajamas is Amazon. They always have some really great designs and deals! Just look at these pairs. Aren’t they cute?
6. Beware of heat: When it’s really hot out, it can be a bit much for little ones. It makes them super itchy. So if you can keep them inside when their skin is flared. If you have to be out and about pack a ziploc baggie with moistened wash cloths in there. It will help keep their skin cooler when you are out in the heat.