Tuesday 12 December 2017

How to help your child cope with eczema

Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Eczema can be tough for a child to cope with, but the good news is that by their teens, almost 75pc of children grow out of the condition.

  • Get professional advice and go to your GP.
  • Get into a bedtime routine -- Children with eczema often find sleeping a problem, as their skin may get hotter and itchier at night. Keep their bedroom cool and use cotton sheets or a light, natural-fibre duvet.

Apply moisturiser at least 20 minutes before bedtime to allow it to soak in. Keep pets out of the bedroom.

  • Don't overdo the products -- Soap and bubble baths can make eczema far worse. A baby should be washed once or twice a week, although the baby's face, hands and bottom should be cleaned daily.
  • Moisturise -- Over-dry skin is more likely to flare up.
  • Look at their diet -- Eczema usually starts when the baby is around six months old, but in the majority of children this is not because of new foods.

In about 10pc of children with eczema, certain foods can trigger the condition. If you suspect a food, it is important to get advice from your GP to avoid feeding your child an unbalanced diet.

  • Keep them cool -- Heat can make the skin itch more, so try to keep them as cool as possible in loose clothing.

Irish Independent

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