Did you know that it’s National Eczema Week? One in five kids in the UK suffers from the condition with most getting it before they’re five.
As I experience it myself, I know how irritating it can be. The itching and resultant urge to scratch can affect sleep and nobody needs that.
It’s always at this time of year that we experience it most. The change in season has much to answer for and is yet another reason why I’m not a fan of autumn!
The people at Oilatum are on a mission to bring comfort to kids and parents affected by eczema and have asked me to share some tips. Happy to oblige!
Here, then, are some of the things we do to stop eczema from getting the better of us.
Stop eczema from spreading
If your kids are going to get eczema, they’re going to get it. But there are lots of things you can do to stop eczema from spreading. For starters, avoid anything that irritates the skin in its own right.
For instance, we don’t get on with biological washing detergents and there are also certain fabrics that make both me and the kids itch, so we stick to soft materials that are kind to the skin. We also keep our fingernails short and have even been known to send the kids to bed with clean socks over their hands!
Also, consider dietary triggers. As a kid, my eczema seemed to be exacerbated by eggs and I’ve heard of people having similar problems with milk.
Try out some remedies
While doing anything you can to prevent eczema from doing its worst is important, it’s just one of those conditions that won’t go away completely. With that in mind, creams like Oilatum are a must have as far as I’m concerned.
They soothe and alleviate the symptoms by preventing the skin from getting too dry. We’ve used Oilatum a number of times and it has always made a big difference.
Create a relaxing environment
I’ve always found that symptoms of anything are worse when I’m stressed, so a relaxed home environment can only be of benefit. Keeping the temperature from getting too high is a good start – around 18°C is ideal.
Similarly, anything that helps you feel comforted can make a difference. Oilatum kindly sent me a bundle of goodies including a cotton blanket and wrap-around bath towel for youngest and some herbal tea and a scented candle for us grown-ups. Very nice!
The art of distraction
The art of distraction is something that can be deployed in many a parenting scenario and this is no exception. If you can take their minds off the itching and focus them on something else, they may forget about it for a while.
So, if your little one is complaining about being itchy at bedtime, for example, give them a different cuddly toy – as well as their favourite one, of course – to snuggle up with. You could also read them an extra bedtime story. These are both tactics that work with my youngest!
What do you do to stop eczema from bothering your kids?
Disclosure: this is a collaborative post.