Itch and pain are the main complaints for children with eczema. It can be frustrating for both affected children and their parents, especially when these symptoms cause disrupted sleep and lower productivity in daily activities like schooling.
Eczema is considered a chronic condition and requires commitment to care for.
Here are our top tips for children and parents living with eczema!
Use lots of moisturiser Patients with eczema lack a natural barrier in their skin. Using moisturisers helps to act as that barrier to prevent eczema flares. Be prepared to use moisturisers liberally and regularly, especially since with the frequent hand washing practiced during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Use 1 finger tip worth of steroids to treat 2 palm size worth of redness Adequate amounts of steroids are needed to treat flares (acute episodes of redness and pain). The amount should span the length of the finger tip (as seen in image) to cover the surface area of 2 palm sizes of an adult hand.
Apply until rash has settled Related to the first poins is that it is important to continue to apply the topical steroids until the eczema rash has settled. You may need to review again with your GP to check on the response to treatment.
Avoid triggers Common external triggers include house dust mites, pets, stress and certain foods. If you have identified what usually triggers the eczema flares, see if you can modify the environment your child is in to reduce exposure to these triggers.
Seek treatment if steroids aren’t working, quality of life affected or lack of sleep Some patients may have eczema conditions that require more potent steroids and even other therapies such as phototherapy or immunosuppressants. If your child is having problems with treatment that is affecting their daily function, it is important to have your GP review it to see if he should be referred to a specialist.
If your child is having itchy and painful skin, you can come down to our clinic or book an appointment (click ‘Book Appointment’ on the top right) to get it checked. Our team will be happy to advise you on what the appropriate treatment steps are.
Should there be any concern with regards to your child’s eczema condition that is affecting their quality of life despite treatment, we would arrange for the appropriate referral to a specialist.
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