Managing eczema as the weather warms up
We have the trifecta in my house, asthma, eczema and food allergies and surprisingly the eczema is the trickiest to deal with.
As the weather warms up Miss 3’s skin is flaring up! She has had eczema since she was 6 weeks old but each new age brings new challenges.
Here are my top tips for managing your little ones eczema in the warmer months.
I know you hear it everywhere but hand on heart it is the best defense. Try carrying little tubs and tubes of moisturiser everywhere, make sure you have them in the nappy bag, in your handbag, in the glove box, next to your bed EVERYWHERE. Beg, bribe, do anything you need to get them to sit still at least twice a day to be creamed. I hear you, easier said than done, especially when they enter the toddler years.
When Miss 3 was younger it was a simple part of our routine but these days I have to use any distraction possible, I even sneak and in moisturise her in her sleep. It can be exhausting! If you have been an eczema mum for a while now, you will be nodding your head as you read this and if you are a new to managing eczema TRUST ME moisturiser is your new best friend.
The next most important tip is to cover up sensitive skin. All my kids have super sensitive skin (and are very fair) so covering up helps with eczema as well as sun safety. Long cotton clothing, particularly that which covers the legs, protects them from elements such as grass, dirt, dust, and animal hair, while also making it harder for them to scratch. It is really important to use a natural fibre and avoid anything synthetic that will make their skin too hot and sweaty. Cotton, bamboo, and linen are all great – avoid wools, although natural they really heat up the skin and can be really scratchy.
This goes for bedding as well – cotton is the answer, a light fabric that is super breathable. Miss 3 also has a dust mite allergy which aggravates eczema, so washing regularly in a small amount of detergent especially for sensitive skin is really important, just a dash, too much detergent can cause weeks of itchy skin!
Keep it cool
Cool skin is happy skin! As parents it is our natural instinct want to bundle them up, tuck them in tight at night… but when eczema prone skin gets over heated it get angry!! Cool baths, fabrics that breathe, cotton bedding all help.
Miss 3 has a few particularly nasty patches of eczema at the moment which is a direct result of the warmer weather. No matter what I’ve tried it has just gotten worse. I have hit it with everything; moisturiser, steroid creams, wet wraps at night, keeping it cool and clean. Today I finally took her to the GP and they recommended a bleach bath… Scary hey?! I have read so much about them over the years but when she was a bub and her eczema was at its worst wet wraps, a silk balaclava (remind me to give them a shout out in another blog), mittens and heaps of cream did the trick.
The GP armed me with the Royal Children’s Hospital fact sheet (I have added the link below), I am pretty nervous, we don’t even keep bleach in the house! I would love to hear from any Mummas (and dads!) who have given in a try!
My Favourite moisturise is Epaderm Ointment, it is thick and spreads so easily.
I would love love love to hear from you all on your best tips to control the itch.
A @ Mem & Maeve x
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**Disclaimer: Information provided in this post is only based on experience and should not replace the advice you have been given from a medical professional and if you are at all worried about your child, take them to see your family doctor.
- Anna Wright