Children with Eczema – The Causes, Plus Some Helpful Tips to Relieve the Discomfort

Eczema is a skin disease that affects over 16 million people in the US alone. There are varying degrees of seriousness when it comes to eczema, and there are various treatments available, including eczema products (usually topical creams), preventative measures and other eczema skin care treatments. This disease often shows up as early as infancy, so it’s important to treat it as early as possible to minimize its effects on your skin.
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What is eczema? This condition, also known as topical dermatitis consists of two clear components:

  • Allergies – Children with eczema usually has underlying allergies. When children are exposed to allergens, their bodies overreact and this manifests itself as a skin condition. Asthma and hay fever often go hand in hand with eczema.
  • Dry, red, irritated skin – People suffering from Eczema always has dry skin. In this case, a child’s skin cannot keep moisture in, and this causes the skin to start itching, which results in scratching, which in turn can result in infection on certain affected areas. This is thus a vicious circle.

Some children get eczema only occasionally, while other children have it chronically. Eczema usually starts on the face and then spreads to the arms, legs and body. It’s important to treat it accordingly.

How do you treat eczema? There are eczema products as well as other natural ways to treat this condition. Here are a few treatment options:

  • Environment – Keep the home cool at all times. Also make sure to keep the child in doors during hot weather, as sweat can make the itching worse. Use a moisturizer in the winter, and don’t let the child play too much with grass or leaves.
  • Moisturizing – Bathe the child every day in lukewarm water. Don’t let him stay in the bathtub for very long (about 5 to 10 minutes). Pat him dry; never rub him dry with a towel. Moisturize the child with a moisturizer that does not contain any perfume.
  • Avoid things that can irritate the skin – Where possible let the child wear clothes made of cotton. Avoid wool and synthetic materials. Also use cotton bed linen. Don’t use scented soap or bubble bath. Use special formulated washing powder when washing the child’s clothes. Let the child bath as soon as he comes in after playing outside, grass can be a big source of irritation.
  • Avoid things your child may be allergic too – The doctor can do tests to determine what the child may be allergic too. Food is often the big culprit when it comes to allergies. The biggest food sources of allergies are soya, milk, eggs, nuts, fish and grain. If you cannot pinpoint the source of the allergy, remove each possible allergen (one at a time) from the diet for two to three weeks and see if the child gets better.
  • Use eczema products – If the eczema is not very bad, you can use over the counter creams you can buy at the pharmacy. If the eczema gets worse, the doctor will prescribe a steroid or cortisone cream. Only use these creams until the condition gets better.
  • Control the itching – Children will always scratch where they itch, and this can lead to infection. Keep the child’s fingernails short and clean. Teach the child from an early age to wash his hands regularly.

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