Recently I enrolled my little boy into Saturday morning football and alongside the common thought of ‘how time is really going by quickly, I can’t believe we’re up to Saturday morning sport already’, was, ‘oh no, how is playing sport outside in summer going to affect his eczema and what can I do to help this?’
Heat is the most common trigger for eczema, couple this with sweating in non-cotton uniforms and my head was in my hands. But we have managed to get through the first two weeks of sport in good shape and this is what I have to share…
Some tips on dealing with your kids eczema during Summer sport season
- drink plenty of water
There are no surprises here, your child’s eczema skin needs more water, especially when it’s about to lose a lot of natural hydration through sweating. He drinks water before he starts playing, and straight after he finishes as well as in between. Kids sport programs are good with this, they often stop throughout for water breaks.
- cool it down
Lucky for us, our local sport program is mainly run indoors in a well ventilated sports centre which is great for eczema children, but occasionally we are outside. Regardless of playing indoors or outdoors I keep an ice pack wrapped in a towel to use a cold compress. I use it in the middle of his session and at the end.
- moisturise before and after
Another thing we are all very familiar with is the how important moisturising your child’s eczema skin is. Moisturising before and after exercise will protect the skin during after sport as it heats up and then cools down. If you’re using an ointment a lighter application will probably feel more comfortable for your child.
- only lukewarm baths and showers
After sport when you eczema child’s body is warmer than usual it will be extra sensitive to any big changes in temperature which could trigger a flare up. As usual stick to lukewarm itchy baby baths and showers.
This blog post was brought to you and your bub with love by Julia and itchy baby co. team. X
Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional.