It took me far too long to realise the importance of daily eczema treatment for my little one’s eczema, regardless of whether his skin looked good or bad or whether he was having an eczema flare up or not. I thought if I had treated his skin while it was bad and then it got better I didn’t need to worry about it for awhile. Soon I was wondering why I was needing to treat his skin more and more frequently.
This wasn’t good eczema management. After months of this I began to understand the need for daily eczema treatment to care for my little boy’s skin every day with an eczema management routine to avoid flare ups and keep his eczema skin healthy.
Why do we need to stick to an eczema management routine?
The reason why we need to manage eczema so diligently with daily eczema treatment is that with eczema the skin barrier is broken and needs help to keep moisture from escaping and also to stop irritants which can trigger an eczema flare up getting in.
What is daily eczema treatment?
Daily eczema treatment means getting the most amount of moisture into your little one’s skin every day. The best way to do this is by…
- regular bath time routine
Regular bathing is important in managing eczema because it not only washes irritants away which sit on the skin’s surface but also provides the best opportunity to absorb the most of amount of moisture using itchy baby co. bath soak. Itchy baby bath soaks work by leaving a thin film on the skin which acts as a barrier to trap moisture to stop the skin from drying out. They also have anti-inflammatory and anti-itch properties. There’s no need to use other soaps or body washes in the bath with itchy baby co. bath soak because the main ingredient in our bath soaks, colloidal oatmeal, has natural cleansing properties to keep your little one clean.
- frequent moisturising
As part of your eczema plan we recommend to moisturise straight after you have have patted your little one dry out of the bath. The best time to moisturise is within two minutes of taking your your little one out of the bath and while the skin is still damp – this is when the skin can absorb the most amount of hydration from moisturising. Moisturising in the morning and at least one more time throughout the day is recommended.
Tips for maintaining your eczema routine
It takes 28 days to form a habit but in the meantime finding the time, energy and motivation to maintain a daily eczema routine is hard work!
- Add eczema routine to your daily to-do list.
- Use notes to remind yourself (above our bath there’s a note which says ‘bath time = eczema time’)
- Build eczema into your current morning routine – what are things you do every morning? Keeping a tube of your child’s moisturiser with your daily beauty products will make it easier for you to remember.
- If your child is old enough making it fun by using a reward system will help them build the association between what happens in their daily life and caring for their eczema… soon they will even start reminding you!
This blog post was brought to you and your bub with love and care by Julia and the itchy baby co. team x
Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only and you should always consult your medical professional.