Whether your child has had eczema for a few weeks or a few years, you never stop looking up potential treatments. It can be easy to get bogged down in all that information to the point where it becomes overwhelming. That’s why it’s a good idea to step back every now and then to review the basics of eczema. Keep reading as we further explain what eczema is, the different types of the condition, and why your child might be itching so much.
What is Infant Eczema?
Atopic dermatitis can affect a child as young as two or three months old. Parents should look for a rash that suddenly appears and:
Makes the skin dry, scaly, and itchy
Forms on the scalp and face, especially on the cheeks
Can bubble up before oozing and weeping fluid
Causes itching that comes and goes
In order to scratch the itch, your son or daughter may try rubbing against their bedding for short-term relief. However, continuous rubbing and scratching only leads to skin infection and trouble sleeping.
Eczema gradually changes as your kiddo gets older. For example, they may have to deal with eczema on their bicep, eczema on their feet, and even eczema behind their knees. It’s common for children with the condition to also have itchy, scaly patches where the rash appeared. Look for your son or daughter’s skin to possibly:
Get bumpy and look similar to permanent goosebumps
Lighten or darken where eczema appears
Turn leathery to protect itself from constant scratching
Develop knots on the thickened skin
Types of Eczema
Let’s look at just a few of the more common types of eczema:
Hand eczema - Is your child in regular contact with allergens or irritating chemicals from household products? Then they may have the occasional itchy, blistering, dry, cracking skin on their hands.
Dyshidrotic eczema - These blisters appear on the edge of the fingers, toes, palms, and soles of the feet. Dyshidrotic eczema can be caused by stress, allergies, or exposure to chemicals and other substances.
Nummular eczema - This type looks much different from other forms of eczema and can be much more difficult to treat. You will want to watch for your child having itchy, coin-shaped spots.
The Eczema Itch
“Why does my child itch all the time?” That’s a question we are commonly asked by parents of children with eczema. The answer lies in what’s known as the “itch-scratch cycle.” There are situations where the itch gets so bad that children scratch until it bleeds. As you might have guessed, doing this can lead to even worse eczema and possible infection. This cycle of itching and scratching is what leads to eczema flare-ups, as explained by Dr. Jonathan Spergel of the National Eczema Association.
When it comes to eczema skin care, Soothems has your child covered (literally). Our eczema therapy products are not only effective but are made to soothe and comfort them into a restful night’s sleep.
+ Soothems work best when worn tight fitting, but not restrictive. +Soothems are designed with a generous amount of stretch so they can fit close to the skin.
+We recommend that if there is any doubt about size selection, the next larger size should be chosen provided it will still fit snugly.
+Soothems are a personal healthcare medical device and therefore are not eligible for returns or exchanges once the poly bag seal has been broken
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Relief Skull Cap
+ Using a soft tape, measure around the head just above the ears, across the forehead to determine circumference
+ TEWLTect smart fabric has a generous amount of stretch.
Arm & Leg Sleeves
+ Using a soft tape, measure around the bicep for arm sleeve or mid-thigh to determine circumference + TEWLTect smart fabric has a generous amount of stretch + We recommend a snug fit so choose the smallest size closest to the child's bicep or mid-thigh circumference measurement
+ Sleeve shape tapers from widest circumference width to fit forearm or calf