Our Journey With Childhood Eczema:
My oldest has suffered the effects of eczema since she was a baby. At first, I was totally clueless about how to manage her eczema. It seemed like everything caused an eczema flare up. I would take her outside, and she would have a flare-up. I’d take her to the splash park, and she would have a flair-up. I’d bath her, and she would have a flare-up.
At that time, I’d just treat the flare-up with a prescription from the doctor. But that meant that she would already be suffering the effects of an eczema outbreak. The rash, the itching, the bleeding from over itching. It was horrible.
9 years later, and I’ve learned a couple tricks to help manage her eczema flare-ups. Thanks to these tips below, she almost never has an eczema flare-up and I can’t even remember the last time I had to run to the doctor for a prescription to treat an eczema flair-up.
Most of these tips are just simple lifestyle changes. But they have made the biggest impact in managing her eczema.
5 Tips To Manage Eczema In Kids
*Note: These tips are not meant to take the advice of your doctor. I am not a medical professional, just a mom who has a child with eczema.*
- Stay Hydrated: Dry skin is itchy skin. Itchy skin is never a good thing when dealing with an eczema flare-up. Staying hydrated helps to keep the skin hydrated. We have a special water bottle for my oldest. It really helps us to keep track of her water intake.
- Wear Loose Clothing: I’ve found over the years that having my oldest wear loose clothing made of more breathable fabrics (cotton) has helped reduce the number of eczema flare-ups. Loose breathable clothing means that sweat is not trapped close to the body for extended periods of time. Which helps eczema prone skin to stay dry.
- Keep Skin Dry: Allowing water to dry by itself on the skin can irritate eczema, especially on little hands. Make sure your little one dries their body well after bathing or swimming, and their hands really well after washing them.
- Rince Off Right After Swiming: This one also goes with bathing with products like bath bombs or bubbles. The chemicals and perfumes in these products tend to irritate eczema prone skin. A quick rinse off as soon as possible helps a lot with managing eczema.
- Use The Right Products: I find that using regular soaps and creams actually cause more flare-ups in my daughter’s eczema prone skin. When shopping for products look for products with natural and gentle ingredients. Products that are non-irritating, soap-free, and that help to retain skin moisture, are great for eczema prone skin.
My Favourite Eczema Products:
I’ve tried out a lot of skin products with my oldest over the last 9+ years. Some of these products were just natural, some were marketed especially for treating eczema. Recently, I have been using Happy Little Bodies on my little one.
Happy Little Bodies is an eczema line made for kids. There are no steroids or cortisone in any of these products. The medical ingredient in these products is Colloidal Oatmeal. Colloidal Oatmeal is just oatmeal that has been ground and then suspended in liquid. This helps the oatmeal to be more easily absorbed into the skin, which helps it to become even more effective at protecting and soothing.
Their line has a soap-free, non-irritating 2-in-1 body wash and shampoo and an hypoallergenic eczema moisturizing lotion with Colloidal Oatmeal to help retain moisture. These are great for everyday use. Then, for those inevitable flare-ups, they have a great eczema relief cream as well.
I really like how the whole line is made to use together. It gives me piece-of-mind not having to worry about if products will work together or not. These products are also gentle enough to use on even the most sensitive skin.
BONUS: These products can also help treat poison ivy, poison oak, rashes, and insect bites.
Normally I really love products with strong fresh smells (is there anything that smells better than a freshly bathed baby?). But I know that fragrances tend to irritate sensitive eczema skin, so I really appreciate that Happy Little Bodies is fragrance-free.
They have amazing reviews from other parents with little ones that have eczema prone skin too.
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