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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 best eczema cure for my child?

There is no eczema cure yet. The emotional burden eczema causes and the impact it has on the quality of your family life sometimes goes unrecognised and unsupported. Unfortunately, there is no eczema cure and the effect eczema can have on the life of your child and family can be ongoing indefinitely. Although there is no eczema cure, there are many products available which can help to manage eczema. On your eczema journey it is important to remember that what is effective for one child or eczema sufferer might not be as effective for another.

Is allergy testing an eczema cure?

Many eczema children also have food allergies and environmental allergies like house dust mite. Finding out what your child is specifically allergic to will allow you to avoid these triggers and therefore better control eczema flare ups. However, avoiding what your child is allergic to is not an eczema cure as these allergies are not the cause of eczema.

The most common type of allergy testing is skin prick testing, where the skin is pricked with a small needle that contains a little bit of the allergen on it. If the doctor sees an itchy, red lump appearing within 15-20 minutes, it means your child is allergic to that particular allergen. This is generally a safe procedure as the red lump usually goes away within a couple of hours. Another, less common type of allergy testing are blood tests, which are usually done if your child is taking other medications that could interfere with the results of skin prick testing.

Managing your child’s skin without an eczema cure

Without an eczema cure, the key to maintaining healthy skin and and managing eczema is to keep the skin well hydrated and nourished. This will not only help stop dryness, itchiness and irritation but it can also strengthen the skin’s natural barrier to avoid environmental triggers and bacteria from sitting on the skin’s surface and causing inflammation. Without an eczema cure the best way we can manage eczema is by sticking to a skin care routine of bathing and moisturising to hydrate, nourish and protect our children’s skin.

Regular moisturising and bath time

Since dry skin leads to itchiness and inflammation, it is essential to find a moisturiser that works best on your little one to keep their skin soft and hydrated. Generally ointments, work best for eczema as they contain no water, making them effective in hydrating and moisturising the skin. These moisturisers take a long time to evaporate from the skin’s surface, holding in moisture for a much longer time.

Regular bathing in lukewarm water for about 10 minutes helps manage eczema because it washes away any irritants that may be sitting on the skin’s surface, and hydrates eczema skin. Our itchy baby co. natural oatmeal bath soak with marshmallow root contain natural properties that soothe, nourish and hydrate all types of skin, especially eczema skin, without stripping it off its natural barrier, which can often happen using soaps and bubble baths.

Is coconut oil an eczema cure?

Coconut oil in a natural oil taken from the edible flesh of a coconut, and contains many properties that can help to treat eczema, such as:

  • Vitamin E – needed for healthy skin to grow and repair itself
  • Lauric acid – contains antibacterial properties as well as anti-inflammatory properties that help control the growth of bacteria on dry skin.
  • Saturated Fats – softens the skin by adding a natural barrier to retain moisture
  • Polyphenols – have antioxidant properties to fight skin cell damage.

Our itchy baby co. natural moisturiser contains organic coconut oil as a main ingredient, which helps to hydrate, soothe and moisturise eczema skin. Minimising the risk of flare ups.

Remember with every product you try, it is important to patch test first to check if your child has an allergic reaction.

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.

 

What is the best eczema cream for my baby?

What is the best eczema cream for my baby?

I’m often asked what is the best eczema cream to use for my baby? The answer I always give is an inexpensive eczema cream without any nasties in it. You’ll be using lots of it every day, so you want something free of anything which might irritate your baby’s already sensitive skin and an eczema cream which doesn’t cost the earth because you don’t want to have to add too much to the monthly budget if you can avoid it.

It is so important to moisturise your baby’s eczema skin, even when there aren’t any red and itchy patches. Moisturising several times a day helps to prevent eczema flare-ups. When your baby’s skin is dry it isn’t because it doesn’t have enough oil but because it doesn’t hold water. Wind, low humidity, cold temperatures, washing with drying soaps can all take the moisture out of the skin and bring on eczema flare-ups. By using a moisturiser we put water back into the skin.

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