What is eczema?Eczema is a dry, itchy skin condition that affects up to one in five children. It usually appears for the first time before your child is two years old. The good news is that most children who have eczema will grow out of the condition by the time they are in their teens. Eczema can't be cured, but it can be controlled with the right treatments.
Eczema is also known as atopic eczema, or atopic dermatitis. Atopic means that your child has inherited the tendency to develop conditions such as eczema, asthma and hayfever. The end result is the same: dry, itchy, red and cracked skin, which can sometimes ooze fluid and bleed. The areas most affected in babies are the hands, face, neck, elbows and backs of the knees.
Having eczema means that the skin's barrier doesn't work as well as it should, which makes it drier. His skin will be more prone to infections and allergens can enter the skin more easily, which can make the condition worse.
How to control eczema?
So far no one knows exactly what causes eczema. But as a mum you will be worried if your child is having skin eczema. This is true that you can not treat eczema completely. But there are so many ways you can control it and your baby's and child's skin can look as clearer as others. I have been given these tips to control eczema by my health visitor and I followed all of them and still following them and it really worked . Result is my daughter's skin is as clear as my other child who does not have eczema. Please read carefully and do try them all. Iam sure as a mother you want best for your child.
Avoid perfumed Bath soaps Or Shampoos:
First of all if you have new born baby please do not use perfumed bath soaps or oil. Listen to your midwife.Here in UK they advise us give new born baby bath with water only at least first ten days. if you think carefully water is natural where perfumed bath soaps are full of chemicals. Keep your baby away from chemicals as much as you can. Especially if your baby is having sign of eczema.
And if you have older child diagnosed eczema then too i would say use the lotion and shampoo made for eczema treatment.They are with no perfume.
Stay away from perfume:
As a mother or parent you should avoid perfumes or body sprays especially if you have infants with you. When ever you pick them up their sensitive skin will get in touch with perfume which may flare their eczema rash.
In older children I will advise them not to use perfumes or body sprays. As a parent if you encourage them it will be much easy for them. Or at least do not let perfume directly get contacted to their skin.
Too much heat can flare up eczema so keep your house ventilated enough.In case of babies avoid wrapping them in too much clothes and keep the room temperature temperate
Use only 100% cotton clothes. They are soft and gentle for their sensitive skin. Other wise nylon or silky clothes can flares up their eczema before you notice.Avoid fleece blankets or velour clothes.
Non bio washing powder:
There are two kind of washing powders Biological or Non Biological washing powder .Like me there will be lots of mums who are unaware of it. Non biological washing powder is suitable for eczema skin and for babies. You can buy them from any supermarkets or check on your washing powders they do have this description on them that are they bio or non bio. In UK we do have Fairy Non Bio washing powder and even we do have Asdsa and Tesco Non Bio washing powders.
Use creams and lotions prescribed for Eczema:
Use your prescribed creams and lotion whenever needed . Always keep spares at home so you do not run out of them and if you do use E45 it usually suits eczema skin.Its not necessary that all creams suit your child always use one at a time and if your child's skin react to it change the cream.There might be any ingredient in that cream that does not suit your child's sensitive skin.
In UK i will advise all my friends to consult Health visitors for any confusion they have. They will guide them on every step like my health visitor did.
Information links for skin eczema:
You can find much more support or information and help online especially non UK residents I will suggest to check online for more details .There is plenty information available for eczema. Here are some links.