Tips To Spot Eczema In Your Child?
- Eczema is a skin rash that usually appears before age 5. In babies it tends to show up on the cheeks and scalp, but it may spread to the arms, legs, chest, or other parts of the body. After your child’s first year, it's most likely to show up on the insides of the elbows, the backs of the knees, the wrists, and the ankles, but it can also appear elsewhere.
- Taking good care of your child's skin and avoiding triggers can help treat and prevent flare-ups of eczema. Dress your child in smooth natural fabrics, like cotton. Avoid wool and other scratchy materials, which can irritate very sensitive skin.
- Switch to mild, fragrance-free soaps or non-soap cleansers and shampoos, or those made for sensitive skin. Use mild, fragrance-free detergent for washing your child's clothes and bedding. Rapid changes in temperature can make eczema worse, so try not to let your child get too hot and then cool quickly, or vice versa.
- Once your child is old enough, encourage your child to talk about her feelings related to eczema, and be a good listener. Role-play how she might explain her condition to her buddies.