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Parents: Challenges You May Face When Your Child Has Eczema

43785658_sIf your child was recently diagnosed with eczema, also commonly known as atopic dermatitis, you have a long road ahead. Although eczema is easily treated at home, there are many hard issues that you, as a parent, will face.

Nighttime Itching

You might assume that nighttime itching is the same as daytime itching for children with eczema, but it can be very different, especially in small children. Although they do not fully understand the complications that can arise from constant scratching, children are aware of their actions during the day. On the other hand, many small children continue to scratch in the middle of the night, without even being aware of their actions. This type of eczema is difficult to treat, as you cannot spend every night grabbing your child’s arm before they itch.

To combat the nighttime itching that is common among children with eczema, look for doable alternatives. If dust is a trigger factor, keep your child’s room clean and dust-free. If sweat is a trigger factor, dress them in light clothes and keep their room a cool temperature. If you don’t know the cause, try to keep areas susceptible to itching, such as the arms and legs, covered.

Pain

An eczema outbreak starts out relatively pain free. It typically begins with a simple itch that can’t stop. Soon, your child may find themselves literally digging at their skin. They mistakenly believe this will make the itch go away, but it doesn’t and it only gets worse. Severe rashes and the open wounds caused by constant scratching can lead to pain and discomfort. No parent wants to see their child in pain. That is why you must stop it at the source. Work with your child and his or her doctor to determine your child’s trigger factors. These are what cause the uncontrollable urge to itch. In the meantime, keep your child’s skin well moisturized.

Concern from Other Parents

Although eczema and atopic dermatitis are common among small children, you are likely to get many stares on the playground. This is most common if your child’s eczema rashes can be seen by other parents. Although you should keep your child’s open wounds covered to prevent infection, don’t just cover them to please others.

“Is eczema contagious?” That is a common question that many parents may ask. Unfortunately, some parents don’t even ask, they may automatically assume it is. You and your child owe no one an explication, as eczema is nothing but an inflammation of the skin. However, you may want to spread the word. As heartbreaking as it is to see other parents and kids point out your child’s eczema rash, it is a normal reaction that most don’t know how to avoid.

These are just a few of the issues you may face as the parent of a child with eczema. Since your child is young and does not fully understand their skin condition, you must work with them to seek relief.

If your child has eczema, finding a cure is a challenging, but necessary task. Luckily, research shows that all-natural treatment systems is possible on top of steroids which can be harmful over long run.

(Article reproduced from Eczema Free Forever by Rachel Anderson. Go check out an all-natural treatment program at Rachel’s website, which may prove to be effective on top of the treatment you have been administering to your kid)

The Truth About Baby Eczema

19536498_sBaby eczema affects millions of babies around the world and probably the most occurring skin disease among infants and newborns. It affects all ages but among the most common cases are children and newborns.

Eczema is the inflammation of the skin, the first layer, called the epidermis. Baby eczema can either be mild or moderate which can be managed using emollient oils, soaps and other topical methods. The symptoms of eczema include itching, redness, cracking, flaking and bleeding in the elbows, arms, behind the knees, face, cheeks nape and trunks. In worst cases eczema occurs together with diseases like asthma and hay fever. For such cases, the child should be taken care of and make sure the surrounding is clear of allergens.

What causes eczema? The real cause behind eczema remains as a mystery among the medical field but theories arise regarding the main suspect behind. It is argued the eczema is caused by food allergies on foods containing nuts, fish, wheat and eggs. Others argue that stress and psychological reactions of the body to stress and crisis leads to the condition. Some theorists state that it runs in the family. An infant with baby eczema is more likely to experience the disease if he/she has a sibling that once developed the skin condition.

Treatments are available in different forms. Emollients, soaps ant topical steroid are just few of the many methods of treatment that you can use. But proceed with caution because the pharmacologic treatments need close medical supervision due to the side effects. Eczema usually fades and resolves as the child grows older. In time the condition subsides when the person reaches the teenage years. Eczema is also characterized by relapses and an episode may last within duration of weeks to months. Baby eczema is a cruel cycle that goes on and on.

Additional Reading on Eczema by Experts
Eczema Free Forever by Rachel Anderson.
Cure Child Eczema by Audrey Lynn