Working as a nurse has meant that over the years, I have seen some truly severe cases of eczema in babies and young children. Because of that, I know just how hard it is to cope with. Luckily for me, Amelia or Harry, do not suffer from eczema, but I know other children who do.
I have a few mummy friends whose little ones do suffer from eczema, and I have seen how hard they struggle to cope with it. That’s why I thought I would put together this handy guide for dealing with eczema in babies and toddlers.
1. Stick to reccomended products
If your little one suffers from eczema, it is crucial that you only use all-natural, chemical-free products on them. Avoid using scented soaps or moisturisers as these can cause irritation and can make the skin dry out further.
2. Opt for natural fabrics
Avoid dressing your child in nylon or woolen fabrics, as these can cause skin irritation and make eczema worse. Instead, dress your little one in cotton to help keep their eczema and itching under control.
3. Make sure your little one drinks lots of water
Keep an eye on how much your little one is drinking and make sure they are taking in enough water – toddlers aged one to three need around one and a half litres of fluids per day.
Failing to drink enough water can lead to dry and irritated skin, which can make eczema much worse. That’s why it is so important that you make sure your little one is drinking enough each day.
4. Prevent your child from itching
Although itching feels good at the time, it leads to pain, discomfort and worse eczema. That’s why it is important that you do everything you can to prevent your little one from scratching the affected areas.
If your child is too young to understand why they shouldn’t itch, it might be a good idea to look into getting ScratchSleeves for your child. ScratchSleeves are cotton sleeves that can be put on your child’s arms and hands, to prevent them from being able to scratch eczema and other skin conditions.
5. Keep the house cool
During the summer months, make an extra effort to keep the house as cool as possible. Hot weather can make skin hot and clammy, which can cause the eczema-affected skin to become sore and inflamed.
Keep fans and air conditioning on to ensure that your house stays as cool as possible. It is also a good idea to keep your child’s bedroom window open, to use cotton bedding and to change their sheets a couple of times a week to help prevent irritation.
6. Feed them healthy foods
Sweets, chocolate, and processed foods can make eczema worse, so it is a good idea to cut them out of your little one’s diet. Instead, feed your child a diet of fruits, vegetables, meats and whole grains – these shouldn’t trigger flare-ups.
T, A & H xxxxxx
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