I have two children with pretty bad eczema. Both children started showing signs from a very young age, this was coupled with allergies as well. There is nothing worse than watching your child being super uncomfortable and scratching on a daily basis.
What is Eczema
Eczema is a condition which causes irritation and inflammation of the skin. Children or adults with Eczema experience very dry skin which at times of a flair up can become hot, inflamed and itchy. To read more about the condition click here
Our Eczema Story
When Kane my eldest was small we had to wet wrap him, basically, he was like a mini-mummy, head to toe in bandages. We did this at nighttime under guidance from the dermatology team. The aim was to hydrate the skin but also remove the opportunity for scratching which my boys tend to do more in their sleep. Kane’s skin has been under control for many years, with outbreaks only confined to winter time now, but also very easily treated.
Mason one of my twins is aged 4 and has some pretty major skin and allergy issues. If Mason eats something that doesn’t agree with him, his skin will suffer. So he has it coming at him from a skin issue side and an allergy side. As he is exposed to more allergens since starting nursery we have seen a marked decline in his skin. Mason to date pretty much suffers all year, with very little break. We are under a team of dietitians as well, so we work with them eliminating foods which causes skin issues when they arise.
What we can do to elevate the symptoms
The key we have found is keeping the skin very hydrated. Even when we get good spells of the skin being clear we continue on using our treatments. Over the years we have tried multiple emollients and sometimes you need to try a few to find one that you like. We are pretty lucky nowadays that there is a wide range of creams available to treat skin conditions. These are available both over the counter and from your GP. Coupled with using creams we use shower creams which are especially for children with skin issues. Children with sensitive skin tend to not be able to tolerate anything that is perfumed as it can cause a reaction. So eliminating a potential trigger is key in my house to keeping on top of potential breakouts.
Using a non-bio washing powder which is a gentler wash and on the skin than a bio. Supermarkets now have a fabulous range of products for sensitive skin. We also find that using an Eco Egg has helped massively, mostly as it’s not filled with chemicals and is a more Natural alternative. To check out their range click here
Selecting the correct clothing we have found to be a great help. I do tend to go for more softer materials and when possible I will select an Organic garment.
If you guys follow me on my beauty blog you will be aware that I love Natural products so alongside using conventional treatments we have been using some Natural treatment as well. To read one of my posts featuring products from Pure Potions click here.
Some mums have found Oat baths to be very effective. It’s very easy to do as well. Just use a pair of tights, place a few cups of oats in the foot and tie the top. Run the bath water over the oats and let the oats work their magic.
Have any of your children suffered, can you add any great tips?
**Disclaimer- This post focuses on our experiences and offers tips that we have used. However please consult a medical professional in the first instance for guidance on treatments and alternatives**