How to keep your child free from eczema

How to keep your child free from eczema

When babies or children develop eczema, it can be heart-breaking for parents to watch them suffer.

Around one in every 10 children will develop the skin condition, which can be triggered by allergies, such as pollens, moulds, dust and certain foods. Winter can be a particularly difficult time when cold, dry, windy days combined with heating and wearing heavy clothes, contribute to the severity of the condition.

Symptoms often appear within the first few months of a baby’s life and are characterised by red, irritated skin that sometimes has small fluid-filled bumps. Rashes can appear on cheeks, the forehead or scalp, and there may be raised, itchy, scaly rashes in the bends of the elbows, behind the knees or on the backs of the wrists and ankles. Older children often suffer from scalier outbreaks when the skin can become extremely itchy and dry.

Reducing symptoms

Avoid dressing your child in clothes that could irritate the skin, such as wool or coarsely-woven materials. If your child is itching, apply a cool compress to the affected area, and keep their fingernails short to minimise skin damage caused by scratching. If necessary, give them some comfortable, light gloves to wear in bed to prevent night scratching.

It’s worth trying to eliminate any known allergens. Removing dust and pet dander (dead skin cells) from the home may help reduce symptoms, and cut out foods that may increase the likelihood of a flare-up. This can be discussed with your GP, dermatologist or dietician. Common foods associated with eczema include milk, eggs, peanuts and wheat.

Hydrate after bathing

While conventional treatments, such as steroid creams, can clear a flare-up, keeping skin hydrated is the key to preventing future eczema breakouts.

Water puts moisture back in the skin but for the best effects make sure the bath water or shower isn’t too hot, as this can have a drying effect. Avoid scrubbing and after gently patting dry with a towel, apply a moisturiser to your child within three minutes. This is important as it will prevent moisture from evaporating and making skin even more dry.

Help prevent eczema flare-ups in children

Moisturisers help to hydrate the outermost layer of skin, preventing it from drying out and triggering an eczema flare-up. But many moisturisers, even those intended for use by children, contain harsh chemicals that can irritate the skin.

A moisturiser is classified based on the amount of oil and water it contains. Those with the highest oil content are considered best at treating eczema, acting as a barrier to keep moisture in and irritants out.

Moisturisers containing Aloe Vera have also been shown to hydrate the skin. The juice from the inner gel of Aloe Vera is a naturally powerful moisturiser, used for centuries to maintain healthy skin.

Choose Eternal Skincare

Choosing a moisturiser can be difficult as many are watered down or contain harsh chemicals and alcohol that may dry out young skin. Added scent can be another irritant for sensitive children, so choose a produce that is guaranteed fragrance-free.

Here at Eternal Skincare, we’re extremely proud of our botanically-based, richly-hydrating moisturisers. Suitable for children with very dry or sensitive skin, they contain pure Aloe Vera leaf juice. Try our Aloe Super Hydrating Moisturiser Fragrance Free 225ml.

But don’t just take our word for it! We have hundreds of glowing reviews, many from parents of children whose eczema symptoms have improved thanks to our products. Check out our reviews here.

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