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.
Every parent knows the heartache of watching their child struggle with rejection. It’s part of growing up and being human, but it doesn’t mean it isn’t difficult for them to navigate and for you to watch. When it comes to eczema there are lots of misconceptions, especially among young children. You may already have seen
Teething is a well known anecdotal trigger for flare-ups in pre-existing baby eczema. It’s not clear if the trigger for these flare-ups the stress associated with teething, aggravation by the excess droll associated with teething, the hormones which triggered the teething in the first place, or a combination of the three. Either way, if your baby’s
When thinking about how best to help your child to manage their eczema, there are two sides to the story. First, there are the physical symptoms – the itchy, red, raw skin and the challenge you have in preventing and managing flare-ups. Secondly, there are the emotional symptoms and, in particular, the feelings of self-consciousness about looking different, which
Pregnancy, in my opinion, is one of the greatest preparations for the grimmer elements of parenting. Morning sickness gets us used to vomit. Which is just as well as your clothes, sofa, rug and in my case even cat, will get covered in it. A lot. Having to discuss all your bodily functions with the
As parents we all want our child to be happy and confident going to school and to be in the best possible state both physically and mentally for learning. We have looked before at ways to build your eczema child’s self confidence, but having recently attended a parenting course on Managing Self Esteem we decided to
Books are a great way of starting a discussion about eczema with both kids who have it and those who don’t. But which one is right for the kids you want to talk to? While there isn’t a huge range of options, it’s difficult to know which book will engage your audience and which will
Starting a new school is already a stressful time and, while they may seem excited, there will understandably be nerves surrounding making new friends, fitting in and making a good impression in lessons. Unfortunately for children and parents alike, it is even more daunting starting school when your child has eczema.
The idea for ScratchSleeves was borne from the despair of watching our kids suffer horribly with eczema. Eczema mittens and clothes which stop scratching can play a massive role in helping to manage the condition. However, there’s one area where Scratchsleeves simply cannot help – bottoms! Eczema outbreaks on bottoms and in the genital region are perhaps
As a parent it’s natural to do all you can to try to relieve the symptoms of eczema. It’s awful to see your child suffer with itchy, red and inflamed skin. Unfortunately, however, if their eczema continues to flare up as your child becomes older, you simply can’t be there all the time to manage
As children get older, they start to notice differences between themselves and begin to tease each other about those differences. And it’s not just kids who can be thoughtless – adults are guilty of it too. Although it is natural to stare, people will still point and make negative comments. Your eczema child has probably been the
Eczema can affect a child’s self-confidence. This is especially true when children start to notice each other’s appearance. At some point your child will realise that not everyone has eczema and that, as well as itching, it doesn’t look very nice. This realisation can really knock a child’s self-confidence. Low self-confidence can affect a child’s
Baby eczema typically takes hold just as little ones are starting to reach all those photogenic milestones of sitting up, crawling and sofa surfing. It’s only now that Zoë (who is, so far, eczema free) is doing these things that we are realising just how few photos of Max (the inspiration for ScratchSleeves) we have at
It can be really difficult to figure out why a baby is crying – are they hungry, tired, do they have a nasty nappy, have they lost their dummy, or do they just want to go home? If you have an eczema baby, there are even more things that they might be trying to tell you: