If you think eczema rashes are tough for you, imagine what it's like for your little one. A toddler can't even adequately express his discomfort. However, the frantic itching and occasional tears reveal all that we need to know. It's miserable. But there are simple things you can do to bring him immediate relief. Take a look at the 5 easy steps to help your child through an awful, irritating eczema flare-up.
- Knowing the triggers is key. Common ones are drying soaps, bubble baths, dust mites, heat, synthetic clothing (like wool and polyester), and very hot temperatures. But if your toddler has begun to have a more varied diet, pay special attention to the meals he is eating. If the skin gets worse, avoid that food going forward.
- Toddlers love bath time, but keep them short and sweet. Avoid hot water, even in the wintertime, because it can be more drying. Opt for lukewarm water and a moisturizing, perfume-free cleanser. Then pat dry. Never rub.
- Keep the skin soft and supple. But consider making a game out of keeping his skin moisturized. Race to see who can lotion up legs and arms first. Teach him how to reapply it when his skin starts to feel dry.
- Don't let him itch. It will only make things worse. Easier said than done, right? Keep him in long sleeves day and night until the rash goes away. You also might want to slip mittens on his hands once he falls asleep.
- Ask your doctor about giving him an antihistamine to control itching during sleep-time.
What things do you do to soothe your toddler's eczema flare-ups?
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