Being alarmed does not help solve the child’s problem, we must keep calm to solve it.
Our children have different changes in their skin. At the moment we can see redness or swelling, very uncomfortable moments and there mothers think if they have any allergies, are sick, if they can be contagious, etc. Hundreds of questions come to mind. So I decided to talk about atopic dermatitis or better known as Eczema.
My first experience was with my son Hendrick when he was just a baby. At that time the pediatrician told me that my skin was dry and that my child needed creams to moisturize the skin, but that this was going to happen. Time passed and after several years my son got those red patches behind his knees, on his legs, and there the doctor told us he had Eczema.
What is eczema?
Eczema (also called atopic dermatitis) is a skin rash, which most often comes out sometime during the first five years of a child’s life.
Eczema in children older than one year usually appears on the inside (crease) of the elbow, the back of the knees, wrists, and ankles. Although it can spread to other parts of the body. The rash may manifest as dry, thick, flaky skin. Eczema usually appears, disappears, and is not contagious.
What causes eczema?
Although the cause is not known with certainty, what is known is that eczema is usually hereditary. Therefore, your child is more likely to have it if you or any other close family member have ever had eczema, asthma or allergies.
Eczema is not an allergic reaction to something, but it can be caused by allergens or irritating agents present in your child’s environment, detergents, some soaps, lotions, temperature changes, among others. In addition heat and dry skin can also aggravate eczema. Stress can also trigger an eczema outbreak.
Here are some tips:
- Moisturizing baths and lotions: Daily baths are beneficial avoiding hot water. Use mild, fragrance-free soaps. After the bath, place a good moisturizer.
- Let the skin stay fresh: Dress your child with soft natural fabrics such as cotton and avoid rough materials so that the skin does not dry out.
- Unscented detergents: Also use mild and unscented detergents when washing your child’s clothing and bedding. Don’t use fabric softener.
- Do not scratch: It prevents scratching because this can further irritate or inflame the skin and in turn worsens the situation.
- Cold compresses: If you have an intense episode of itching, cold cloths or compresses soothe the affected area.
These products below are used to treat eczema:
- Relief for Eczema: Eucerin – Body Lotion for Eczema Prone Skin – 8oz:
Soothes dry, eczema-prone skin enriched with colloidal oatmeal, fragrance and steroid free.
- Eczema Cream: Puriya – cream for Eczema, Psoriasis, Dermatitis and rashes. The powerful formula is rich in plants and provides instant and lasting relief for dry, chapped or irritated skin. (4.5oz).
Benefits: Intensive moisturizer, absorbs quickly and spreads smoothly. It can be used safely on the hands, feet, face and scalp. Light, non-greasy formula. With a pleasant natural odor.
- Aveeno Moisturizing Cream: Daily cream for sensitive skin, soothing lotion with colloidal oatmeal for dry, itchy and irritated skin, steroid-free and fragrance-free.
Steroid-free, fragrance-free and clinically proven to soothe skin with eczema.
- Moisturizing lotion: Neosporin daily cream
Clinically proven to restore visibly healthier skin in three days. Relieves itching due to contact eczema. Does not contain antibiotics or steroids.
How common is eczema?
It usually manifests in the first stage of childhood and its symptoms are very common before the age of 5. It usually becomes less intense with age, but in other cases it can last into adulthood.
What can I do to treat my child’s eczema?
Good care of your skin is vital.
What should I do if the rash does not improve?
If your child continues to struggle with this problem, see your doctor for information on new medications.
- Call the doctor if your son gets the fever.
- If your child goes to daycare, talk to the caregivers about eczema. Explain that the condition is not contagious but that other children may make jokes about it.
- If you have an older child, encourage him to talk to you about his feelings and concerns about his eczema.
Remember that everything on time has a solution. Find alternatives to help your children and if you feel more comfortable looking for a professional, do it now.