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How Eczema Could Be Disrupting Your Child’s Sleep

January 30, 2018

How Eczema Could Be Disrupting Your Child’s Sleep

Every case of infant eczema is different. For some, the symptoms include dry, scaly, and/or itchy rashes. Others, meanwhile, may have rashes that bubble up before oozing and weeping fluid. Whatever the symptoms, you know that your little one is in major discomfort. Things become even more difficult when it’s time to go to sleep. So what exactly can you do about it? Unfortunately, there is no cure for the skin condition. But there are steps you can take to ensure that your child is comfortable and able to get a good night’s sleep. Keep reading to learn more.

The “Itch-Scratch” Cycle

We tend to associate eczema with constant itching. That itching is actually caused by an overactive immune response. Your child’s need to itch becomes an urgent need to scratch, even if it’s for temporary relief. What’s interesting about scratching, though, is that it makes your child’s body release chemicals that cause them to itch more. This causes a domino effect, increasing the severity of a rash. Most parents don’t realize that when their child scratches, they are literally damaging the protective outer layer of their skin. As you might have guessed, this causes more irritation and itching. It’s what eczema skin care experts refer to as the “itch-scratch cycle.”

Maybe you’re wondering what the itch-scratch cycle has to do with sleep. Well, consider this: children of all ages are usually distracted by daily activities and aren’t as focused on the itch until it’s bedtime. Unfortunately, the eczema itch often becomes so intense that a child can’t sleep. You may already know that sleep pattern disruption leads to additional stress, which can intensify flare-ups and affect the entire family.

There’s no question that sleep-deprived child with sensitive skin requires a great deal of special attention, care, and extra loving.     

Soothing Eczema Therapy

It’s absolutely miserable to be stuck in the itch-scratch cycle. But the experts at Soothems provide plenty of hope for your son or daughter. We are proud to have a number of effective baby eczema treatments available, including rompers and relief skull caps.

Take the romper, for example. This eczema sleepwear is lightweight, breathable, and therapeutic for long-lasting relief. What parents also appreciate about our eczema pajamas is that they can be used wet or dry and with or without emollients. You can feel comfortable knowing that Soothems TEWLTect fabric protects moisture levels on the skin and can greatly reduce itching. Plus, these garments are super soft, bacteria controlling, lightweight, and thermoregulating.

What really separates Soothems apart from the rest, though, is the storybook written in tandem with the garments. “Search for a Smile in the Moon” features main characters Scratch and his pal Emojibot. Just before bedtime, you and your kiddo can follow their imaginative adventures to the moon. Have your child watch closely as the blue moons fade away when in contact with body heat. Such an effect can be used to get your son or daughter to imagine how their skin is healing and that they are feeling better and less itchy.

We want to help your child do away with the itch-scratch cycle for good. Shop infant eczema clothing today.

Size Charts

+ 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 
+ or the poly bag has been opened and / or the product has been removed from the poly bag. If you have any questions regarding the fit of an item, please contact Soothems at or call +612.601.0700, we are happy to help.

Body Measurement

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

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