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Questions to ask your doctor about managing eczema

When we go to the doctors about managing eczema, we usually expect our GP to ask questions about symptoms of our child’s eczema and lifestyle behaviours. However, it is also helpful to know what questions you, as a parent can ask your doctor when your child has eczema. Being proactive and engaging in a conversation with your doctor will help expand your knowledge of this skin condition and assist you in understanding what treatment are available to help you with managing eczema . The health of your child is important to both you and your doctor, so keeping the lines of communication open will allow your doctor to help you and your family develop an appropriate eczema skin care treatment plan and reduce the impact eczema can have on your child and family.

How can I prepare for my child’s visit to the doctor about managing eczema?

It is a good idea to prepare before going in to the doctor’s appointment as it will allow you to get the most out of your visit and leave better equipped to manage your child’s eczema. Researching eczema beforehand can help you understand how eczema can affect your child and give you an idea of what you would like to know from your doctor.

It is also useful to keep a record of your child’s eczema in terms of flare ups, what they have been eating, or whether there have been any lifestyle changes triggering eczema. Sharing this information with your doctor, as well as how you are already managing eczema will help you develop an eczema management plan. Be prepared and download our eczema management resource so you finish your consultation with a documented plan on how to manage your child’s eczema.

What questions should I  ask my child’s doctor about managing eczema?

We should keep in mind whatever triggers our little one’s eczema the most, may be different to someone else with eczema and therefore you might be asking more specific and individual questions depending on your child’s symptoms.

Here are some questions to ask your doctor to help you with managing eczema:

  • What type of eczema does my child have?
  • Does my child also have psoriasis?
  • How severe is my child’s eczema?
  • What should I be looking out for in terms of flare ups?
  • What should I do when a flare up happens?
  • Will my child’s eczema go away?
  • Will my child be assessed for asthma, hayfever?
  • Does diet affect my child’s eczema?
  • Will food and allergy testing help?
  • What should I be doing on a daily basis to help manage my child’s eczema?
  • Are there specialists I should consider seeing, such as a dermatologist?

Managing eczema always involves a daily skincare routine  to ensure the skin is nourished and hydrated.  Step one of our pharmacist developed itchy baby co. skincare routine involves giving your child a daily bath with our bath soak to keep their skin hydrated and clean from irritants. Our colloidal oatmeal bath soaks leave a film on the skin to keep moisture in and stop hydration escaping from the skin’s surface. They have moisturising, anti-inflammatory and anti-itch properties.

Step two involves rubbing our long lasting moisturiser into your child’s skin immediately after the bath, then at least twice more throughout the day. Our moisturiser melts into the skin, going deep into the skin’s layers to help prevent dryness and have a long lasting effect on the skin’s protective barrier.

Step three pays extra attention to areas of the body which are commonly affected by eczema, such as the face, using our face mask, and the scalp, using our scalp oil. These products can be used on any area of the body which needs more intensive hydration.

Natural, pharmacist products to help you target your child’s eczema can be found in our itchy baby co. shop.

This blog post was brought to you and your family with love from 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.

 

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What is the risk of my eczema child developing asthma and hay fever?

Eczema is commonly associated with hay fever, food allergies and asthma. Children who have eczema are more likely to suffer from asthma and hay fever because they are all connected in a group of diseases called the Atopic Triad . This refers to the genetic chance of your child having other conditions as well as eczema. Generally eczema is the condition diagnosed first as part of the atopic triad, then hay fever and asthma.

What is the link between eczema and asthma?

According to research, around 50-70% of children with eczema eventually develop asthma and both are associated with allergies and hay fever. Inflammation occurs in both and with asthma the inflammation happens in the lungs, and eczema on the skin. Researchers have discovered the gene that produces a protein that stops the skin becoming dry (filaggrin) isn’t effective in children who have eczema. Lack of filaggrin may also lead to foreign bodies entering your child’s lungs and result in asthma.

We do not know the exact cause of either of these conditions but we know that genetics play a part, so if you have a history of allergies, hay fever and asthma, there is a greater chance for your little one to develop eczema.

Studies also showed that:

  • Up to 80% of kids with eczema get hay fever or asthma later in childhood.
  • Approximately 35% of adults with asthma have had eczema when they were kids
  • Around 37% of kids with moderate to severe eczema, also have food allergies.

What is the link between eczema and hayfever?

Recent research suggests that a lack of filaggrin also increases the chance of experiencing hay fever. Children with eczema may have a defect in their skin barrier and these small gaps make the skin dry out quickly, allowing germs and allergens to enter the body, resulting in inflammation. If this inflammation reaches the lining of your child’s nose, it will cause a runny nose, resulting in hay fever. Histamine is also released as a result of pathogens entering the body, causing a stuffy nose, sneezing and increasing the risk of hay fever.

Another important reason to manage your child’s eczema

It is important to always remember to stick to your little one’s regular skincare routine because it provides a protective barrier from allergens and keeps moisture from escaping. This helps to lessen the risk of irritants entering the air passages of the lungs, which can result in asthma or hay fever.

This blog post was brought to you and your family with love from 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.

 

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How do I manage my children’s eczema better in Summer?

Our children’s eczema is easily affected by changes in weather. We often think winter is the toughest time of the year for eczema skin because of the dry air, cold temperatures and low humidity, making the skin more susceptible to eczema flare ups. However, summer also plays a role in our children’s eczema, triggering flare ups and severe itching. What changes can we make to better manage our children’s eczema in Summer? 

How does Summer affect our children’s eczema?

During warm weather, your child will sweat more to try and regulate their body temperature, causing water loss from your child’s body and drying out their skin.  This can break down the skin’s natural barrier, making it harder to keep bacteria and irritants away from the body and increase the risk of infection.

Sweat contains trace amounts of chemicals such as zinc, magnesium, calcium and iron, which may be irritating to the skin. Heat also stimulates the itch reflex, making your child itchier than normal, so it is important to make sure your child is kept in a cool environment and drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated.

To add to the impact of warm weather and eczema, children with eczema have more difficulty regulating heat and allowing it to escape from the surface of the skin. This means that their skin is warmer than others, and warm, hot skin is itchy skin.

How we can help our children’s eczema Summer

  • Drink plenty of water

It is important to make sure your child is drinking plenty of water to help keep the body’s core temperature from rising. Also, try to avoid the hottest part of the day to minimise flare ups and have better control of your child’s body temperature. Ice blocks are also a great way to cool down and hydrate your child.

  • Eczema Friendly diet

Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition and histamine is released into the body as part of an allergic reaction. A diet rich in foods which have anti-inflammatory and antihistamine properties can help to reduce eczema flare ups. These foods include broccoli, apples, cherries, spinach and kale. Fatty fish contains high levels of Omega-3 fatty acid, which is also a strong anti-inflammatory. It is important to give your child foods with a high-water content such as cucumbers, apples, celery, carrots and pears to help keep their body hydrated.

  • Moisturise daily

Be sure to keep your child’s regular moisturiser with you at all times because the moisturiser will act as a barrier on the skin to keep away from unwanted bacteria and prevent infection.  The best time to moisturise is within two minutes of taking your little one out of the water while the skin is still damp as this is the optimum time for absorbing moisture into the skin.

  • Eczema and swimming

Although chlorine from swimming pools can aggravate your child’s eczema, it can also help to reduce the bacteria which causes infection in eczema skin. You can help lessen the irritation from chlorine by applying moisturiser half an hour before swimming as this will provide a barrier on the skin so it it less affected by chlorine. Try your best to avoid warm water in pools (such as baby wading pools and spas) as warm water can increase the chances of flare ups. A lukewarm shower immediately after the pool followed by moisturising will remove chlorine from the skin, minimising contact and aggravation.

  • Regular bathing

Regular bathing in lukewarm water, for about 10 minutes is important in managing eczema because it helps to wash any irritants that may be sitting on the skin’s surface. Make sure to check that the water is not too hot as this can trigger intense itching.

  • Stick to daily eczema skincare routine

The most important part of managing your child’s eczema is sticking to their eczema skin care routine to ensure the skin is nourished and hydrated. There are a range of ointments and creams which can be used to give as much moisture as possible against triggers to manage dry skin. Moisturisers and other skin care products for your child’s eczema can be found in our itchy baby co. shop.

This blog post was brought to you and your family with love from 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.

 

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What lifestyle behaviours can help to manage eczema?

Managing eczema can affect every part of our lifestyle from what products we choose to buy to how we spend our time. So, what lifestyle choices can we make to help improve our child’s eczema?  Here are a few lifestyle behaviours to keep your child’s eczema in check:

What is an eczema friendly diet and how does it help eczema?

Foods are not the cause of eczema but certain foods trigger eczema flare ups. Eczema skin can become inflamed from from allergens, which lead to redness, itchiness and irritation, and certain foods can sometimes be an allergen.  Choosing to follow a lifestyle diet rich in foods with anti-inflammatory properties might reduce the severity of eczema flare ups. Some examples are fatty fish which contain high levels of Omega-3 fatty acid (a strong anti-inflammatory) and foods containing probiotics such as yoghurt and sourdough bread, as these foods can help build a healthy immune system that can fight other eczema lifestyle triggers. Fruits such as strawberries, kiwi fruit and rockmelon contain vitamin C which also helps with strengthening your child’s immune system and reducing the inflammatory response to lifestyle triggers.

What clothing should I choose to dress my child in?

Itching is a big part of having eczema, however there are ways to minimise your little one from scratching to avoid possibility of infection in the broken skin barrier. Dressing your child with cotton clothing helps the skin breathe and not keep air trapped at the surface of the skin, resisting the need to scratch.

Usually hot skin leads to an itchy skin so using cool compresses can help by taking the heat out of the skin. Run a washer under cool water and squeeze it until it is just damp. Place this on your child’s itchy skin for a few minutes and then repeat. This will help to lower the temperature of the skin and make it less itchy.

Regular bath time routine is now part of your lifestyle

Regular bathing in lukewarm water (no more than 10 minutes) helps manage eczema because it washes away any irritants that may be sitting on the skin’s surface and allows a greater opportunity to absorb moisture. It also helps to hydrate eczema skin and minimise itching. During summer, bathing also helps wash away sweat that may contain chemicals such as sodium, potassium and calcium to reduce irritation and to soothe your child’s skin.

Moisturising daily is a lifestyle choice

Make sure to keep your child’s regular moisturiser with you at all times. Moisturisers act as a barrier on the skin to keep away from unwanted bacteria and prevent infection.  The best time to moisturise is within two minutes of taking your little one out of the bath while the skin is still damp – this is when the skin can absorb the most amount of hydration from moisturising. You will also need to moisturise at least twice more during the day. Ointments are the most effective moisturisers to use for eczema because they take a long time to evaporate as there is barely any water in them, locking in moisture and keeping your child’s skin hydrated for a longer period of time. Moisturisers and other skin care products for your child’s eczema can be found in our itchy baby co. shop.

This blog post was brought to you and your family with love from 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



 

 

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How do I help manage my baby’s eczema and dry skin?

Looking after your child’s eczema and dry skin can take a lot of time, which is especially difficult considering everything else you have to fit into your day. However, the key to managing eczema and dry skin is to find effective products  for your child and to use them in a skin care routine every day which will help to  keep their eczema skin moisturised, hydrated and nourished.

What is the most effective way to manage my baby’s eczema and dry skin?

Coupled with sticking to your everyday skincare routine which will add moisture into the skin and stop irritants causing inflammation, is to avoid triggers that can worsen eczema symptoms. Make sure to also dress your baby in loose clothes made of cotton, to avoid irritation of clothing rubbing on skin and stop the skin overheating.

What can make eczema and dry skin worse in my baby?

Your child’s eczema may be different to someone else’s but there are some common triggers to avoid:

  • Dry skin

Dry skin can make your baby itchier, so it is important to try and apply moisture on your baby consistently and avoid dry environments. Dry skin also creates environment which bacteria love to live in, which when your child scratches their skin can lead to infection and inflammation.

  • Irritants

These can be from clothes such as wool or polyester, or from soaps such as perfumed detergents and body soaps. Look for products which don’t contain drying and irritating agents like SLES, SLS, EDTA, parabens.

  • Heat and sweat

Heat is the most common eczema trigger because it causes the body to sweat when it tries to regulate the body temperature. Sweat takes all the moisture out of the skin, and increases the likeliness of bringing irritants to the surface where they can aggravate and inflame the skin.

  • House dust mites

These are tiny insects which live in your home, especially in humid climates. When eczema skin comes into contact with these allergens, it can increase skin inflammation and itchiness. Even though it is not possible to get rid of house dust mites completely, there are ways to reduce dust mites by wet dusting and vacuuming regularly.

How can I put moisture back into my baby’s skin?

Regular lukewarm baths washes away any bacteria or allergens that may have built up on your baby’s skin, minimising the possibility of infection. Using a hydrating and moisturising bath soak in the bath will add moisture into your child’s skin as well as strengthening the skin’s natural protective barrier. When you take your baby out of the bath, make sure not to dry them out completely as moisturisers work best on damp skin. Maintaining a regular eczema skincare routine for your child will help keep them stay hydrated and help form a barrier to keep allergens and irritants out.

This post was brought to you and your child with love 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.

 

What foods can help eczema?

Eczema and food have a sometimes confusing and complicated relationship. Foods do not cause eczema, but sometimes might trigger an eczema flare up and once confirmed by your doctor should be avoided. Other foods however might improve your child’s eczema symptoms. Encouraging an eczema friendly diet for your child might help with your overall eczema management. Remember that foods which are thought to be eczema friendly should not be eaten by people who are allergic to them and always speak to your doctor before deciding on any significant changes to your child’s diet.

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link between zinc and eczema

What is the link between Zinc and Eczema?

Children with eczema often have low levels of vitamins and minerals which are important in maintaining a healthy immune system, especially vitamins and minerals which are needed to keep the skin healthy and functioning well. Low levels of zinc are related to Vitamin A and Vitamin D deficiencies, which are also common in children who have eczema. These vitamins control the amount of zinc which is circulating in the body.

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face eczema

How can I treat face eczema

Eczema is a very visible condition, eczema on the face is more noticeable and because of this can cause even more distress. In babies the cheeks are often the first place eczema will appear and children who have eczema will often be affected by eczema on their faces.

What can I do to manage it?

  • using cold compresses

Taking the heat out of the eczema skin can help to relieve the itch and give immediate relief. To make a cold compress use a face washer and run it under cool water. Rest it on the face for a few minutes until it starts to feel warm, then take it off and run it under cool water again and repeat until the skin is cool and less itchy.

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Can probiotics help eczema?

Eczema and probiotics – an update

It has been a little while since I wrote about the benefits that probiotics can have on eczema management and in that time the evidence in favour of giving your child a probiotic as part of your eczema management is piling up. Looking at the evidence it appears that if you are not already supplementing your child’s diet with a probiotic, now is a good time to start.

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colloidal oatmeal and eczema

Colloidal oatmeal and eczema

What is colloidal oatmeal?

Colloidal oatmeal describes oats which have been very finely milled down to a fine powder consistency. This fine consistency means that the natural benefits of oats can be easily dissolved into the bath water and absorbed by the skin. Being absorbed easily allows eczema skin to benefit from the protective, moisturising, anti-inflammatory properties of oats more easily and effectively than if they had not been finely milled.

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