Here are some tips for managing your child’s eczema while you’re away:
It’s officially winter and you may find some children’s eczema will annoyingly appear again or become more serious, particularly on the hands and behind the knee-caps. Eczema will sometimes occur again on our older children who we thought had ‘outgrown’ their eczema.
No-one really knows the true causes of eczema. In winter it’s possibly aggravated by our exposure to heating - the air tends to be drier, so the skin becomes drier and more sensitive.
Here are some tips to manage eczema in winter:
- First and foremost moisturise, moisturise, moisturise (then moisturise a bit more). Avoid products with fragrances and plant extracts. Try keeping the cream at your child’s bedside table so that you/they remember to put some on in the morning and before they go to sleep. Place a bottle of moisturiser near the basin- it’s not a bad idea to get into the habit of applying some moisturiser after each hand-wash. Remind your child to be extra thorough about drying their hands in the winter, especially between their fingers, as residual water and colder temperatures do not mix well on eczema-affected skin. Keep creams in the car and in their school bag to apply.
- If you have central heating, keep the temperature at about 20°C – overheating your home will make the air drier. You may want to consider buying a humidifier which can help to moisten the air.
- Make sure your child’s shower or bath water is warm but not hot. Did you know, hot water can also have a drying effect upon the skin? It can strip the skin of its natural oils that keep skin healthy. Keep your shower/bath to 10-15 minutes and remember to apply a good quality moisturiser within 3 minutes after bathing or any water-based activities to ‘lock’ moisture in.
- Clothing and Protection. When we rug up for the colder weather, sometimes we forget to protect our hands. It’s a good idea to try to wear a pair of cotton gloves (ensure they are dry) when outdoors. Wearing cotton gloves can also help prevent scratching. Wearing 100 per cent cotton or soft fabrics as underclothing – avoiding rough, scratchy fibres will also help. A couple of thinner layers is often better than one thick layer as you can more easily add or remove clothing to regulate your child’s body temperature – it’s best to try to avoid letting them get too hot.
Kenkay Pharmaceuticals aims to provide products renowned for efficacy, quality and value to the consumer that comply fully with the requirements of statutory authorities.