As a parent, illnesses and diseases affecting your child is something you must be constantly vigilant about. These illnesses can range from a common cold to chicken pox. Whatever the case, it is our duty, as parents, to make sure we do everything in our power to make the suffering go away.
What is eczema?
Eczema is a common skin problem faced by humans. It is a rash characterized by dry, red, itchy, flaky, and/or irritated skin. It is common to both adults and children and is seen afflicting around 1 in 5 children. A child with eczema will often complain of burning or itching as the skin tends to become sensitive. These symptoms are caused due to inflammation.
Why does it happen?
Eczema could be caused due to various reasons including:
Allergens (however, it is not the same as an allergic reaction)
Exposure to harmful chemicals
Contrary to popular belief, this condition is not contagious.
What are the symptoms of Eczema?
As mentioned earlier, children suffering from eczema tend to have dry and flaky skin. The rash may appear differently in different babies. Red patches or spots may appear in different areas. It may also appear thickened and scaly. The skin might crack due to dryness and bleed due to these cracks and scratching. In babies, it generally appears on the face and scalp, but once a child grows, it is also seen in other areas including behind the knee, on the inside of the elbows, wrists, ankles, and other regions.
What do you do when your toddler has eczema?
Treating eczema can be as easy or as complicated as you make it. So follow a few simple instructions to ensure you aren’t making this more challenging than it really is.
Most cases of eczema can be treated by taking care of your child’s skin. This includes moisturizing, hydrating, and changing the products that you use for your child.
Skin Care Tips:
Baths and adverse weather conditions tend to dry out the skin (not only in toddlers). The often remove natural oils and leave the skin lacking moisture. To combat this dryness, remember to apply lotion or moisturizer on your toddler right after a bath or whenever their skin seems to be dry.
Moisturizing isn’t the only way to combat dryness. It’s also important to keep your child hydrated from the inside. This means that you have t ensure that your child is drinking enough water. If you find it hard to get your child to drink water, you can always replenish this water stock by giving your little one fruits and fresh juice along with cucumbers and other such water-filled veggies.
Eczema is also a common result of a reaction to chemicals that are generally present in soaps and clothing detergents. Try switching over to milder cleansers and detergents meant for sensitive skin.
Accumulated sweat and moisture on the skin can also aggravate the rash. Clothes made from breathable fabrics such as cotton allow air to permeate through. Dressing your little one in fashionable cottons could help prevent rashes.
Scratching can lead to increased discomfort by making the skin sore and. Try using soft sheets while sleeping and soothing itchy spots periodically throughout the day by applying moisturizer.
If you’ve done all of this and the rash still persists, consult a dermatologist or your child’s doctor for the appropriate treatment. This could include using certain eczema creams or mild steroids to treat the issue. Allergens also tend to aggravate the rash and lead to flare-ups. Try to avoid feeding your toddler foods that tend to be common allergens or foods which the doctor feels may have aggravated eczema. Apply sunscreen to your child before he/she steps out of the house to prevent heat rashes. These steps should help you successfully get rid of eczema in your toddler.