Eczema: Tips to help your child feel better

Uploaded by AcademyofDermatology on 30.11.2012

While most children’s eczema does not have a clear cause,
such as an allergy, most eczema will improve with good skin care.

These tips from dermatologists can reduce the severity
and frequency of your child’s flare-ups:
Bathe your child in warm – not hot – water and
limit your child’s bath time to 5 or 10 minutes.
Use a mild, fragrance-free cleanser only when needed.
Do not use bubble bath.
If your child’s eczema is frequently infected,
twice-weekly bleach baths may be beneficial.
Discuss this option with your child’s dermatologist.
After bathing, gently pat your child’s skin partially dry.
If your child has medicine that you apply to the skin,
use the medicine as directed and apply when your child’s
skin is almost dry.
Next, apply moisturizer on top of the medicine and to
the rest of your child’s skin.
For best results, apply a thick cream or ointment
at least twice a day.
This prevents dryness and cracking.
It also can decrease the need for eczema medications.
Some children do better with fragrance-free products.
Petroleum jelly is an inexpensive, fragrance-free product
that works well for many children.
Sometimes “trial and error” sampling of different
types helps to identify the best moisturizer for your child.
Keep temperature and humidity levels comfortable.
Avoid situations in which the air is extremely dry,
or where your child may sweat and overheat.
This is the most common trigger of the itch/scratch cycle.
If your child has severe itching and scratching,
ask your child’s dermatologist about wet wrap therapy.
This can reduce swelling and lessen the desire to scratch.
Keep your child’s fingernails short and smooth.
This decreases the likelihood that scratching will puncture the skin.
Putting cotton gloves on your child’s hands at night
may help prevent scratching during sleep.
Using a laundry detergent made for sensitive skin may be beneficial.
Scented fabric softener or dryer sheets may contribute to irritation.
Use enough water for adequate rinsing and only use
the recommended amount of detergent.
Buy clothes without tags since tags can rub against
the skin, causing irritation.
Wash your child’s new clothes before wearing.
This will remove excess dyes and fabric finishers,
which can irritate the skin.
If you have questions or concerns about caring for your skin

you should make an appointment to see a dermatologist.
To find a dermatologist in your area, visit