Your child has moderate to severe eczema and struggles with flare-up triggers all summer long. You know what your child’s eczema looks like and how uncomfortable they get. But you are afraid that taking a kid with moderate to severe eczema and their red, irritated, rash and dry, flakey skin to the beach or pool will make their atopic dermatitis flare up worse.
Before taking the plunge this summer with your child’s eczema we will address these topics and offer tips for the entire family to enjoy a summer of fun at the pool or beach:
Generally, water is good for eczema skin under certain Swimming is great for all children including for an eczema baby and the earlier the better to learn to swim. Swimming offers long and short-term health benefits including better sleep (we all know the challenges of getting an eczema baby to sleep, stronger lungs (research by the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology shows that up to 80% of children with eczema develop asthma later in life.) and reduced bacterial infections in eczema-damaged skin. Child development experts, public safety officials and physical therapists all rate learning to swim as one of the most important developmental achievements in a young child’s life. Swimming activities can help control symptoms by strengthening the heart and lungs. Swimming can also help increase a child’s confidence, patience, balance, and coordination. Swimming is a life skill that will help keep them safe in or around water, plus swimming is fun for kids!
Swimming in a chlorinated pool can help irritated skin because the chlorine will kill the bacteria that develops an infection. Too much chlorine in a pool can make the skin dry, red, and aggravated though. The National Eczema Society of the UK advises parents to avoid taking children with eczema swimming if their eczema skin rash is flaring badly and already red, flaky, oozing and infected. And if in doubt about whether to allow a child with eczema to swim in a pool, try to find out how much and when was chlorine last added at the pool.
Saltwater can be soothing and beneficial to eczema rashes because of the natural antiseptic properties that can help reduce the risk of infection and help open and weeping eczema sores heal. Saltwater also has many natural minerals that can act as an anti-inflammatory to relieve itching and help skin moisturize. But for some infants and children with exceptionally sensitive eczema skin saltwater can also sting if there are weeping and broken skin lesions on the eczema skin.
Healthcare Advice: Whether you are at the pool or the beach it is advised that you only spend a short amount of time in the water in case the eczema condition worsens. Water that is too warm could dry out the skin and cool water temps will feel soothing to an eczema baby. Babies with mild to moderate eczema conditions are usually fine in the pool or at the beach. For children suffering from severe eczema flare-ups, it is always best to consult your dermatologist before going to either the pool or beach.
After a day at the beach or pool, your child will most likely be tired and ready for good night sleep. Give them a good bath or shower to thoroughly wash off and reapply your favorite moisturizer. Cover the moisturizer with Soothems eczema sleepwear with Zinc Oxide and read them Search for a Smile in the Moon for a good night’s sleep. The culmination of taking these simple tips for protecting your child’s eczema at the beach or pool and getting a good night sleep with help reduce stress and speed the recovery of your baby’s eczema.
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