Why You Shouldn't Worry (Too Much) About Your Child's Eczema
Dealing with eczema for the first time? There's no need to panic.
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If you've ever seen your child wake up crying in the middle of the night just to scratch his itchy, red, and scaly skin, then you'd know the feeling of helplessness that comes with dealing with eczema.
If you're a new Eczemom (a mom who has a child with eczema), you likely have a number of worrisome thoughts going through your head. Don't be scared; it's important to stay cool and collected to help you better deal with the situation. For each thought that makes you anxious, there's a fix to help you stay calm:
"This will severely affect my child's health."
Eczema is a chronic skin condition characterized by dry, itchy, inflamed, red patches on the skin. Majority of patients develop it before the age of 5 years old.1
Researchers have not found the exact cause of eczema although doctors know that it runs in families. Common triggers for eczema include harsh detergents, smoke, scratchy fabric, sweating, exposure to extreme temperatures, and emotional stress.2
The good news is the condition may improve over time. In the meantime, you can try and minimize the incidence of flare-ups. Find out what triggers your child's eczema, and then choose the right treatment and maintenance.
"This will hinder my child from doing sports and playing under the sun."
Simple activities such as changing clothes or sleeping can be difficult for children with eczema. Still, they can enjoy daily activities and have fun when flare-ups are managed.
Eczema is not contagious, so it's okay for your child to be around other children. Just remind him or her to avoid scratching, which can lead to open wounds that can be easily contaminated with bacteria. Dress your child in loose, comfortable clothing, and have a face towel ready to wipe off sweat so he or she can still enjoy outdoor play. Avoid using hot water for bathing and be sure to use mild cosmetics that will be gentle on the skin. Don't forget to keep skin moisturized with a fragrance-free lotion right afterward.
"My child will always be uncomfortable."
It takes time, patience, and a lot of trial and error before you can find the best way to manage your child's eczema-but it can be done. It's important to identify what triggers a flare-up so that you can avoid them. If a flare-up does occur, your child's doctor can prescribe medication that will help manage the symptoms.
Many Eczemoms find Mometasone furoate (Elica) to be helpful. It relieves the itching, reduces the redness, and eases the swelling that come with eczema. You just need to apply it once a day to see visible results in as fast as 24 hours.3 Elica is available over the counter, but make sure you consult your trusted doctor first.
"No one understands the stress of having a child with eczema."
You are not alone. Connecting with a group of moms who know exactly what you're going through can help ease some of your worries. Be part of the Eczemom community on the Elica Facebook page to learn more about eczema management for kids and to gain more tips from other Eczemoms. Watch this video to know more about how other Eczemoms deal with eczema.
Raising happy kids is a goal for all moms. Even if your child has eczema, it should not stop your child from being able to play and live an active life.
Do not use for more than two weeks. Use with caution in children and pregnant women. If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.
2 Leung, D., Eichenfield, L., Boguniewicz, M., Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine, Eighth Edition. 165-178.
3Rafanelli, A., Rafanelli S., Stanganelli I., Marchesi, E., Mometasone furoate in the treatment of atopic dermatitis in children. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology & Venereology, 2 (1993) 225-230.
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This article was created by Summit StoryLabs in partnership with Elica.