The first point of defense in managing your child’s eczema is to follow a daily moisturizing and bathing routine, which helps to maintain healthy skin. Eczema is still there even when you can’t see it, so be sure to keep following a bathing and moisturizing routine every day to keep his or her eczema under control. It’s also important to understand and manage your child’s triggers.
Here are some things you can do at home to help keep your child’s eczema control:
- Regular bathing can moisturize and loosen crust from flaring skin, remove dirt and germs, and promote relaxation. Be sure to bathe your child in warm (not hot) water, and try not to scrub or towel too aggressively. It’s best to put on moisturizer within 3 minutes after bathing to help trap the moisture from the bath into the skin. NEOSPORIN® ESSENTIALS™ Daily Moisturizing Cream is gentle enough to use on young children, and is a great way to help protect your child’s skin and strengthen the skin’s natural barrier function. In fact, NEOSPORIN® ESSENTIALS™ Daily Moisturizing Cream has been clinically shown to restore visibly healthier skin in 3 days and relieve dry, itchy skin due to eczema on contact.
- One of the biggest problems associated with eczema is itching and scratching, which can greatly aggravate your child’s eczema. Do your best to discourage your child from scratching. Keeping the skin moisturized on a daily basis and simple things like trimming fingernails go a long way to discourage scratching. If itching still occurs, try using an anti-itch cream with moisturizing benefits like NEOSPORIN® ESSENTIALS® Anti-Itch Cream.
- While stress is normally regarded as an adult issue, having eczema can be very stressful for children, and can aggravate their condition. Do your best to recognize stressors and find ways to cope with them. Try to make your child’s eczema management part of a daily routine, and explain to them why it’s important. Keeping eczema in control means less itching, which means more time to do the fun things kids want to do!
- Dress them in soft, breathable fabrics like cotton, and wash their clothes and bedding in mild detergents, with no bleach or fabric softener.
- Identify their triggers. These may be dry skin, irritants, rough fabrics such as wool, emotional stress, heat and sweating. Patch tests can diagnose eczema response in some cases, so talk to your doctor about determining triggers and allergens. A helpful tool to assist in the process of determining triggers is our Eczema Flare Discovery Tool.
- Sleeping can be a problem for children, as their skin may get hotter and itchier at night. Keep your child’s bedroom cool by using cotton sheets and lightweight bedding, and apply a cream after baths to hold in moisture on wet skin.
- A humidifier helps prevent drying, and should be used when there is less moisture in the air especially in the winter.