It’s never easy to see your child in pain, which is par for the course for moms of kids with eczema. This condition is characterized by redness, itchiness, and dryness of the skin, which means kids often scratch away, resulting in damaged skin and sleepless nights.
Fortunately, there are a number of ways to address this problem. Read on to know how most moms manage and deal with eczema.
Moisturizer is a must.
“Keep your child’s skin moisturized because dryness triggers the itchiness. Avoid scratching to prevent blisters,” advises Aileen Cruz, 36 years old and a mom of two.
After bathtime is an ideal time to lock in that moisture. “I put lotion all over my son's body right after he takes a bath. We also put cold cream for the face; we ask our son to apply lotion every time his rashes start to itch.”
Watch what they eat.
Allergens might include something in your child’s regular diet, so your doctor might tell you to steer clear of food that might trigger the rashes.
In Aileen’s case, “My son is asked to avoid food like chicken, shellfish, and egg.”
Get advice from those who know it best.
Your child’s pediatrician may be the best person to address those skin concerns whenever they reappear. Managing eczema might also require having to use medicated creams or ointments, upon the doctor’s advice.
Mom of one Maybelle Masangkay warns that it’s best not to “self-medicate. Consult your doctor if symptoms persist.” She adds, “If possible, try to desensitize the child from any allergens.”
Moms will always have your back.
While medical advice should be your go-to for serious conditions, it’s worth noting that there are other moms like you who can give you tips and much-needed support. Hearing about other people’s experiences also help steer you in the right direction.
One such group of moms who have banded together in their quest to combat eczema are the “Eczemoms” who swear by topical treatment Mometasone furoate (Elica).
Mometasone furoate (Elica) is a topical steroid that is available over the counter and is formulated to help relieve symptoms of mild to moderate eczema, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, and other steroid-responsive dermatoses.
It has anti-inflammatory properties that help in decreasing swelling and redness of the skin, as well as antipruritic properties to help with itchiness. When applied once a day, it promises to show visible results within 24 hours.
Mometasone furoate is the generic name of Elica. If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.
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