I don’t want to remember how long it’s been since we had a family holiday. Travelling with small children can be stressful enough, let alone adding eczema management into the mix. I have to admit the reason we have avoided family holidays is all to do with me and the thought of not being able to stick to our eczema management plan and suffering the consequences away from home.
But I know it doesn’t have to be like this and travelling with eczema of course can happen and be very enjoyable. So here are some tips I follow to ease my stress about eczema when we travel.
what do I pack when travelling with eczema?
- Pack enough of your bath product and your regular moisturiser. Travelling with eczema is not the time to trial any new skin care treatments.
- Take with you any prescription medications your child has to treat their eczema or eczema flare ups. Make sure any prescription treatments have been clearly labelled by your pharmacist.
- Pack sheets and towels for your child. This will lessen the chance of their eczema being triggered while travelling due to any chemicals in the washing detergents used in hotels or guest houses.
- Prepare and take with you allergy friendly snacks. The types of snack foods you can buy while travelling can be highly processed and can trigger an eczema flare up. Packing snack foods which you know won’t irritate your child’s eczema can take some of the stress away from having to find food on the run.
sticking to your eczema management plan while you’re travelling with eczema
Easier said than done I know. But this is key to keeping eczema well managed and avoiding flare ups while you’re travelling.
- Stick to your normal bath time routine.
- Apply moisturiser as often as you would normally would.
- Carry smaller amounts of your moisturiser with you so it’s always on hand.
- Keep using any prescribed treatments as directed by your doctor.
do your eczema research
Before you leave home find out where the nearest pharmacy and hospital are and if you’re holidaying locally whether the national home doctor service covers where you will be.
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