While there may not be a cure for eczema, there are plenty of ways to relieve symptoms. A bath ranks near the top of the list, especially for infants and young children. Regular bathing is so important for your child because it treats your child’s dry skin and alleviates those uncomfortable eczema symptoms. That said, the wrong bath can only worsen the condition. Keep reading for our seven guidelines to properly bathe your child.
- Keep it short - Adults love to unwind in a hot bath after a long day. Frankly, it’s easy to sit and relax in the tub for at least an hour. However, don’t assimilate your bath to the one for your child. Limit your child’s time to 10 minutes at the most. Look at the skin on your child’s fingers to see if they become at all wrinkly. If they do, it’s time to take him or her out of the water.
- Think gentle - Don’t think that you need to exfoliate or scrub your child’s affected skin. Hard bristles only do more damage to the skin. In terms of soap, use only when needed and be sure that it’s mild and fragrance-free. Pro tip: If your child’s eczema is infected on a fairly regular basis, the occasional bleach bath many be beneficial. Discuss this option with your child’s dermatologist. Lastly, avoid using bubble bath to keep your child’s skin from becoming more irritated.
- Try adding oatmeal - Believe it or not, oatmeal can remove dirt, dust, and skin irritants without the need for soap. In addition, oatmeal provides natural soothing and calming relief that your child will appreciate.
- Gently pat your child’s skin partially dry - After your child gets out of their bath, pat them down with a towel. Rubbing only causes more irritation. By leaving some water on the skin, you’re preparing for the next step.
- Apply medicine - If your child has medicine that you apply to the skin, do so when they’re almost dry. Don’t forget to use the medicine as directed and to avoid putting on more than the correct dosage.
- Moisturize - It’s a good idea to apply some sort of ointment, oil, lotion, or cream immediately after the bath. Keep in mind that you want to seal in the water with moisturizer.
Innovative Eczema Skin Care
At Soothems, we understand the challenges that come with eczema symptoms. We’re thrilled to say that we’ve developed Soothems as a therapeutic treatment to help those with particularly sensitive skin. A natural treatment for eczema, these garments are made from a proprietary smart fabric called TEWLTect. The curative properties of TEWLTect provide a positive, soothing effect. This smart fabric can be used as an occlusive barrier wet or dry and with or without certain emollients/topical steroids.
An Answer to the Itch-Scratch Cycle
Whether it’s infant eczema or eczema in older children, the condition can become itchy in a hurry. There are some cases where a child scratches so much to the point where they bleed. This is what’s known as the “itch-scratch” cycle. Eczema is also known to distract children and their parents from performing daily activities. When it’s time for bed, the itching symptoms become so bad that a child can’t sleep. In a domino effect, that sleep pattern disruption causes flare-ups and worsening of symptoms.
Maybe you’re nodding your head ‘yes’ as you think of the challenges caused by eczema in your own home. You’ve tried just about everything you can think of only to find no relief for your child. Soothems is changing things in a major way. In addition to our eczema therapy garments, we believe in the therapeutic power of an imaginative story that entertains, empathizes, and normalizes life with these skin conditions. Our solution to eczema is to have your child put on their Soothems garment and then read them one of our special bedtime story books. They will absolutely love the combination of the magic disappearing print of the garment along with the story book. The goal of Soothems is to delight and comfort your child to a more restful night’s sleep.
There isn’t a better way to make your child more comfortable and relaxed than with Soothems garments. For eczema therapy tips and more, turn to the experts at Soothems.