30th June 2014
Childhood eczema is surprisingly common. Milder cases can be difficult to diagnose properly, but in some cases with some general care and application of a suitable moisturiser the symptoms will be control and no other treatment is required. However, this is not always the case and as babies tend to scratch it’s always necessary to go to the Dr, even if it’s just to learn how to spot infections.
It’s important to understand what the symptoms are, especially if you’re already suspecting that the dry skin on your child is eczema or not. So what are the symptoms to look out for?
- Dry skin that looks red
- Dry skin that’s itchy
- Red and sore skin patches
The dry patches of skin can be found usually in the creased areas of skin, such as the back of the knees, neck, inner elbows and behind the ears.
What Should You Do when You Suspect Your Child Has Eczema
You should always mention your concerns to your GP or health visitor regardless of how mild the dry areas may appear. They will be able to give you a clear diagnoses and provide you with some simple tips on how you can make life more comfortable for your baby. The GP will give you some tips on how to control the outbreaks and inform you of certain triggers that could be causing the reaction.
Five Simple Tips
If you’re unable to book an appointment straight away have a read through these five simple tips below:
- Use a suitable emollient cream on your baby’s skin, several times per day. Ask your local pharmacy to suggest something that is suitable. When applying the cream use only downward strokes.
- Stop using baby bathing products and look for an aqueous lotion to use instead of the soap based products. Keep baths nice and short, five minutes is ideal.
- Soaps, washing powders, smoke and chemicals found in the house can make eczema worse. Try to remove these triggers from the home.
- Sometimes eczema is made worse by allergies, such as an allergy to dust mites. It’s a good idea to give the home a thorough clean along with bedding and towel, vacuuming the carpets and putting any soft toys in bags in the freezer for a whole day to kill any mites. Use a gentle washing powder with natural ingredients.
- Avoid clothing made from synthetic fabrics and watch out for labels and seams, they can really irritate the skin. When you do speak to your doctor ask about the Skinnies therapeutic clothing babygrows.
Eczema in children can be managed with careful care. Keep a diary recording fabrics, activities and foods to try and help you spot any triggers.