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Differences between eczema and other skin rashes?

Children can be affected by many different skin rashes, whether it is a common rash or a skin condition like eczema. There are also several different types of eczema such as atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis and nummular eczema which can complicate understanding what signs and symptoms to look out for when looking at skin rashes.

Generally children who have eczema often have irritated, itchy and red skin on different parts of the body. Eczema flare-ups can happen anywhere on the body and the most common breakout areas are on the face, the hands and feet, as well as the inside of the elbows and behind the knees. 

While eczema and other skin rashes inflame the skin and have similar symptoms, they are quite different in other ways. Here are some common skin conditions and how they differ from eczema:

Differences between skin rashes: psoriasis and eczema

Both psoriasis and eczema rashes are red, scaly and dry, but there are important differences. Psoriasis can be thick and sometimes covered with white scales and the skin becomes very itchy and scaly. The skin remains dry and eventually flakes off. Psoriasis is generally triggered by infection, skin injury or side effects from medication and is more likely to be on the back of your child’s elbow and the front of the knees. Eczema on the other hand is usually triggered by the environment such as dust, allergens and weather change and can be seen on the inside of the arms and back of the knees.  

Differences between hives and eczema

Hives are pink or red itchy rashes, and look like blotches or raised red lumps on the skin. When hives first start to appear, they can be mistaken for mosquito bites. They can be caused by a number of reasons such as allergic reactions, food and insects, exposure to sunlight as well as viral or bacterial infections, and can appear anywhere on your body. Most cases of hives are known as acute and go away within a few hours, or sometimes a few days or weeks. Hives are generally not due to allergy and they can be effectively treated with a antihistamine.

Differences between cradle cap and eczema

Cradle cap is a skin condition that most commonly affects babies under three months. It is a form of dermatitis which causes the oil glands in the skin to become inflamed. This inflammation causes the thick, yellow crusts. It generally stops after the baby is about three months old because at this age the oil glands become inactive until puberty. If your baby has signs of cradle cap after three months it might be eczema which is affecting the scalp.

Managing your child’s rashes for healthy skin

A healthy skin barrier is important for managing most skin conditions and the best way to keep your child’s skin healthy is by adding moisture to the skin to help prevent dryness and itchiness which can also help to strengthen the skin’s barrier to prevent allergens and irritants inflaming the skin.  Always keep the skin as moisturised as possible by maintaining your child’s regular skin care routine. If your child has a rash and you are unsure what type of rash it is, see your doctor to ensure you have the right management plan.

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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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.