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10 Tips For Managing Eczema from the Eczema Association of Australasia

Clarissa Hall

Clarissa Hall | 18 Sep, 2021 | 0 comments

September 1st is National Eczema Awareness Day and we have teamed up with the EAA, to give you 10 tips on how to manage your eczema. We are also giving you 25% off our website* with the code SKIN25.

1. Moisturising is key

Liberally apply moisturiser to your child’s skin whilst it is damp (after a shower or bath) to help seal in the moisture from the water. Regular moisturising of the skin is absolutely essential to managing eczema.

2. Avoid over-washing your hands

Children’s hands can become dry, chapped and cracked during the cooler weather. Although we have been encouraging hand-washing during COVID, over-washing or scrubbing too hard can cause the skin to dry out and crack. Find a soap-free hand wash for your kids to use and teach them to apply moisturiser liberally after washing their hands. If their hands do become dry, use moisturiser before bedtime and have them wear cotton or bamboo gloves while they are sleeping to help seal in the moisture.

3. Treat flare-ups promptly

When you notice the first signs of your child having an eczema flare-up, treat it accordingly. Not treating eczema can lead to broken or cracked skin, which can result in infection.

4. Manage your indoor environment

While you don’t have control of the weather and temperatures outside, you can control the temperature in your home. Not overheating your home and avoiding drying out the air by using a humidifier can help reduce the chance of your child having a flare up.

5. Be mindful of your child’s bathing conditions

Make sure your child’s bath or shower water is warm, not hot, as hot water can dry out the skin and cause cracking. Limiting their shower/bath time to 5-10 minutes can help, however, we know the role that bath time plays in the development stages for children. If they are taking longer baths, use a soap-free cleanser or hypoallergenic bath oil that is less likely to irritate sensitive skin. A suitable option for this is the Childs Farm Bubble Bath which is made from naturally derived ingredients and essential oils, and is dermatologically tested and approved, and paediatrician approved as suitable for newborns and upwards.

6. Know their triggers

Not all children have the same triggers for eczema. Pay attention to what in their environment might cause a flare-up. Some people find allergens, dry air, cold wind, scented products, dust mites or household cleaning chemicals cause their eczema to flare. By understanding your child’s triggers, you can take steps to prevent the flare-up.

7. Layer their clothing

During a transition from one season to another, weather can be unpredictable or rapidly change during the day. For example, it may be cold in the morning but warm by afternoon, or it may be nice in the morning and later be windy and cold. Instead of dressing your child only for the morning, put them in layers so they can add or take off a layer depending on the temperature throughout the day.

8. Use sun protection

Spring is here and there are dangerous UV rays that can cause a sunburn or irritate your child’s skin. Apply suitable sunscream to their skin every morning before leaving the house.

9. Pay attention to allergens

Pollen is in the air during Spring and in addition, allergens such as mould and mildew might be more prevalent, especially in damp weather. Take time to change filters on your air systems before starting them up to reduce the chance that turning them on will send allergens into the air in your house.

10. Make sure they drink plenty of water

Your child may not feel as thirsty but their body still needs water. Staying hydrated helps keep their skin moisturised.

 

*Offer only valid on selected products. No cash equivalent. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other discounts or offers. Offers ends September 5th 2021 at 11:59pm AEST.  

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