5 Tips to Help Manage Your Child’s Eczema

Managing Eczema flare-ups can be stressful. It can be challenging to determine what triggers an episode with so many factors at play. There are, however, some easy steps you can take to help manage this condition, keep flare-ups at bay, and lessen complications such as skin infections, poor sleep quality, and possibly asthma and allergic rhinitis.

Five tips on how to control Eczema:

  • Take warm baths and use mild, unscented products

Make bath and shower time short (10 to 15 minutes) and use warm water. Choose mild or gentle soaps  that moisturize the skin.

  • Keep your child’s fingernails short

Keeping their fingernails short can prevent skin damage brought about by scratching. Have your child wear soft and comfortable clothes before going to bed, especially if scratching at night is a concern.

  • Avoid clothes that irritate the skin

Have your child wear soft and loose-fitting clothes made from 100% cotton. When washing clothes, make sure you are using fragrance-free and dye-free detergents.

  • Remove known allergens in your household and keep house temperature cool

Keeping the doors and windows closed can help eliminate pollen, mold, and dust inside the house. Also, it is best to clean the house regularly to reduce the amount of dust at home. If you have a furry pet, make sure to vacuum regularly to prevent the spread of animal sheds. On hot days, turn on a fan or the air conditioning.

 

  •  Start transitioning your little one to an organic diet

Some foods may contain synthetic chemicals to preserve, color, and flavor food. These artificial food additives may induce allergic reactions and worsen Eczema symptoms. Organic food, which does not contain artificial additives, lessens your child’s exposure to such triggers.

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