Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Sensitive Skin

Since the time my children were born they all had sensitive skin. They all went through some major eczema problems. Having toddlers run around with red scaly itchy splotches all over their little body's is horrifying. We'd tried everything the doctor told us to. It seemed that keeping on top of it was impossible. We had to change everything. Laundry detergent, soaps and had to watch to see if what they were eating could be the cause.

Come to find out that my oldest on top of having asthma also has atopic eczema which is a lack of normal moisturizing factor.

The kids seemed to grow out of the worst of it. We have however kept some things going that have helped not only my childrens skin but also mine. Some are just basic but you'd be surprised how often they can be over looked.

- Go with fragrance free products (cleaning agents as well as body washes)
-After bath pat dry and then apply moisturers
-Wear soft cotton
-Wear long sleeves to bed
-Keep cool
-Keep bedding clean of debris (my kids like to go from outside to their room to play so this becomes a bit more important)
-Do the cleaning without the person experiencing problems around. The dust and cleaning products can possibly dry their skin even more and cause itching to worsen. I always pick a time that they are at school or visiting someone.
-If possible do not let them play on carpet with too much exposed skin. The rough texture as well as what is in the carpet can irritate anyone's skin. Anyone with eczema would be irritated by it twice as badly.
-Keep in mind that when you stay at someones house they may use products you don't. So pack as necessary.
-Do not hang dry clothing. This type of drying makes the clothing rougher on the skin.If you hang them outside you have the extra problem of outdoor irritants on the clothing.
-If it's a child teach them what they need to do early on.
-Keep finger nails short and clean. (it itches and it's easy to break the skin)

Get advise from the experts- you may have to ask your doctor to refer you to a dermatologist for extreme cases. Here is a hand out that the University of Iowa gave us.
http://www.uichildrens.org/skin-care-for-childs-eczema/



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