ailments

Kids who are more prone to Eczema usually come from families who suffer allergies. Make sure low irritant soaps and detergents are used to decrease skin irritation. Daily probiotic containing Lactobaccilus rhamnosus LGG will help with immune system over-response that causes allergies. Please See Dr Eng’s Nutrition Protocols for Eczema.  

symptoms

Kids with eczema tend to have ‘flare ups’. Flare-ups can occur when your child’s skin becomes very dry, overheated or irritated (by, for example, a new detergent), or from eating different foods, or being unwell. Flare ups can also occur without any obvious cause. During a flare up, skin is itchy, red and dry and may weep or ooze. When under control, skin appears dry and thickened.

treatment

Avoid any substance that causes a flare up. Then, treat flare-ups early. The medical mainstay of treatment is steroid cream. These creams come in different strengths. Your GP can prescribe steroid cream and offer further advice. Keep your child’s fingernails short as scratching may lead to infection. If your child scratches overnight, put mittens on her. You can also cover her rash. Cold compresses can help with itch, as can antihistamine medication. It is important to keep her skin moist. Regularly apply moisturising cream, such as sorbolene, even in between flare-ups. When bathing your child, do not use soap. Soap-free alternatives can be purchased from the pharmacy. Baths should be lukewarm (not hot), and kept short. Afterwards, pat your child down lightly with a towel (do not rub her skin). Then, apply more moisturiser. Avoid overheating your child, and dress her in layers, preferably using cotton clothing. See your doctor if your child’s eczema is not under control, if she develops a skin infection, if she is unwell with a rash or if you are concerned. Please See Dr Eng’s Nutrition Protocols for Eczema. 

Reviewed by Dr Evelyn Lewin 30 March 2015 references
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This document has been developed and peer reviewed by a KIDS HEALTH Advisory Board Representative and is based on expert opinion and the available published literature at the time of review. Information contained in this document is not intended to replace medical advice and any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner.

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