Having a child with eczema lays another layer of complexity over parenthood. It can affect everything from whether one parent chooses to go back to work, to starting nursery or school. The vast majority of babies with eczema will grow out of it at some point, but it may well flare up again during puberty or at times of stress. We look at how childhood eczema can affect the milestones of growing up.
Our skin is the barrier between our bodies and the outside world. If the skin barrier is compromised by eczema, it is often more sensitive to changes in the temperature, humidity, airborne particles and our clothing. The changing seasons have a huge impact on eczema. Then there are the various holiday traditions that mark the passing of the year. Easter Eggs, summer trips to the seaside, Christmas trees and winter holidays. We look at how all of these can impact your child’s eczema.
The skin is in direct contact with both clothing and the inevitable detergent residues that it is holding. Making sure both the clothing and laundry residues are well tolerated is key to managing eczema flare-up and maintaining the skin between them. We look at what to look for when buying clothes for your eczema child and how to keep clothes clean and looking good without irritating their skin.
Ask any eczema parent which part of their child’s eczema they find hardest to deal with and the answer will invariably be sleep, or rather lack of it. Childhood eczema and the associated itching and scratching commonly affects the sleep of the whole family. A survey conducted by the National Eczema Association in the US found that 60% of eczema parents are waking up more than twice a night to provide care1. We look at the importance of sleep and how to minimise the eczema itch and inevitable scratching that disturbs it.
One of the first pieces of advice that any eczema parent hears is that they should identify any triggers for their little one’s eczema. But it doesn’t take long to realise that there are hundreds of possible triggers. How on earth do you go about finding the needle in the haystack? We’ve put together this simple guide to being an eczema detective to help you get started.
There’s no getting away from the fact that having a child with eczema is likely to impact the entire family. From broken nights, to time spent applying eczema creams and attending medical appointments, managing eczema is time consuming, exhausting and stressful. We look at the impacts and how to minimise the impact of childhood eczema and keep the fun of family life.
We know from experience that watching your child suffer the constant itch and irritation of baby eczema is frustrating. It doesn’t help when you feel there is little you can do to make the itch go away and while the doctors have a cupboard full of conventional remedies, they don’t always work as quickly, or well as we parents would like.
Bathtime should be a relaxing and fun time when babies can bask in Mum and Dad’s undivided attention before bedtime. However, for eczema babies (and their parents) it can be one of the most stressful parts of the day. While it can be tempting to skip the bath, bathing is really important in keeping eczema skin as healthy as possible. Also having a consistent bedtime routine really does help little ones drop off to sleep more easily. And where sleeping is concerned, a baby eczema sufferer needs all the help he can get.
There’s more information about baby eczema available on the web than anyone can hope to read in a lifetime so we have distilled our experience into 8 simple steps that will get you through the first few months of your baby’s eczema.
Eating is a vital part of children’s growth and development and ensuring the correct consumption of nutrients is essential. Unfortunately, this can be more of a challenge for children who suffer from eczema as around 30% of eczema sufferers also have some sort of food allergy. While there is plenty of advice about what not to feed your eczema child, there is far less information available about what foods and nutrients parents can feed their little ones to help manage eczema. ScratchSleeves gives you the low down on the best foods for your children to help ensure a more manageable experience of eczema…
Looking after a scratchy baby can be stressful enough, without feeling like you are fighting the healthcare system on your eczema baby’s behalf. Understanding how the NHS intends to provide treatment for eczema babies can really help in getting the right treatment for your baby’s eczema.