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Monday, March 19, 2012

Does Your Child Have Eczema? (Atopic Dermatitis)



Eczema




The first time that I heard about eczema was when I discovered my cousin had it. I did not quite understand it, except I knew she had special soaps that she used such as Ivory or Dial. I noticed her elbow creases were very rough looking. This is a condition that many people live with.

Although I was not aware of it then, I now realize eczema can occur on various parts of the body. It can appear on the crease of arms, knees, ankles, hands, legs, scalp, or even on the face. This is a serious condition and needs to be addressed and treated if you suspect that your child has it. Choose to learn how to treat your child’s eczema.

According to some doctors eczema is an allergy and is common in some children that have asthma.


1. Cleansing


I have discovered that it is very important to be aware of the type of cleansing soap that you use. If you have eczema, you cannot just use any soap. Usually Cetaphil soap, a special soap for sensitive skin is great and Ivory soap is quite mild on the skin. Also, Cetaphil lotion for sensitive skins works very well for some.

2. Prescriptions

Most times a doctor can prescribe special creams which will work well for the child that has eczema. Sometimes you may have to try several different ones in order to find the right one, but you will know, because the right cream will clear the eczema up. Everyone is different. So what works with some might not work for others.

3. Detergent

The detergent that you wash your children’s clothes in is very important. Dreft is very mild and pediatrician recommended for children with sensitive skin. There are so many irritants in regular detergent that can trigger the eczema and cause for itching.

4. Triggers

There are nearly triggers for everything. There are definitely triggers with eczema. Extreme hot and cold weather can trigger eczema reactions. Also dirt and bacteria are triggers. For that reason it is important to use special soaps and cleansers. These will clean, protect, and moisturize the skin.


The doctor below talks about Eczema




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1 comment:

  1. So thankful my kids haven't had to deal with this.

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