Children have a higher risk of having eczema than adults, and since there is no cure for eczema, it's necessary that your child knows preventive measures that can help him handle flare-ups. Eczema typically appears on the neck, crease of the elbows and knees and on body folds but can also involve the entire body. Genes play a large role in getting eczema as well.
Consult this infographic or other quick diagnostic tools to check out if your child is at risk of having eczema.
Understandably, infants will require that you do most of the work in preventing eczema issues. But school-age children can already help you manage their condition with some healthy habits.
Learn to avoid triggers
Make sure your child is aware of his condition so he knows how to protect himself from eczema triggers. Dust mites are one of the most common triggers. Help your child avoid these by making sure you use allergen-proof bed covers. You also have to wash beddings weekly and cover your pillows in dust mite-proof sheets, but remember to use mild laundry detergents. You can also get pillows with anti-dust mite or bedbugs features. It's also best to avoid having carpets and heavy drapes.
You also need to go easy on furry pets, make sure that your dogs or cats are well-groomed and clear of any dander, which can trigger severe eczema. Check out other eczema triggers here.
Get other adults to help
When your child is in school, or anywhere far from you, it's important that he knows who to approach when his eczema flares up. Give his teachers and babysitters a heads up so they know what to do whenever your child needs help. You can also orient your child's teachers about his medicine and the first-aid they can apply whenever a flare-up happens. Remind your child not to be shy so he knows it's okay to ask for help.
Stick to a good bedtime routine
Children with eczema run a higher risk of sleep disturbances due to itching. Help your child sleep better by keeping his room cool if your child's eczema gets triggered by sweat. Make sure he wears light cotton clothing, preferably long sleeves and pajama pants to prevent him from scratching while he sleeps.
Use some basic deep breathing techniques for relaxation
Restlessness and hyperactivity are highly related to eczema. Most children with eczema end up feeling hyper or ill at ease because of the constant itching. The lack of sleep can also result to your child's poor concentration. Establish relaxing activities like simple breathing techniques especially during hot days, when eczema symptoms tend to get much worse.
Get used to applying trustworthy eczema products
It will also be best if your child is able to associate the treatment or eczema cream with positive memories. You can work with having a positive or fun experience to come immediately after applying medicated cream or ointment like Mometasone Furoate (Elica) on your child's skin.
Elica helps relieve symptoms of eczema (itchiness, redness, swelling), with visible results in 24 hours. Learn more about eczema treament here.
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Understanding Childhood Eczema, pages 24-25, 37-38, 66-70, 97
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