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Managing eczema

Recently numerous people have noticed an increase in eczema symptoms in their children.

Here are some tips from various Mums that might help you with your precious little ones.

  • Keep baths short and use bath oil.
  • Don't use any soap or spot clean with QV soap then wash and end of bath time and let water out straight away. Normal tap water is drying so be sure to add bath oil.
  • Use Zinc based sunscreens (Hamilton baby or toddler, they go on easier than the old face zinc creams and are meant for the whole body).
  • Use Cotton clothes.
  • Using steroid creams that are too low a dose can cause more damage - better with high strength for shorter periods - consult a dermatologist.
  • For severe cases use QV intensive or Dermeze (both are ointments) rather than a cream - as they have less harmful ingredients in them.
  • Apply creams straight after bathing whilst skin is moist.
  • Moisturise the skin often.
  • Keep fingernails short.
  • Try not to scratch - it makes the itching worse.
  • Keep sweating to a minimum to avoid flare-ups.
  • Try to find the ezcema trigger and then avoid it - check dairy, soap, pet dander, dust mites, other foods, etc.
  • Keep young children in a sleeping bag to avoid scratching at night time.
  • Avoid chlorine - Any indoor heated pool (i.e kids swim centres) has larger doses of chlorine than a mildly heated outdoor pool.
  • Wash clothes and manchester in water above 60 degrees C and always dry things in the sun as this kills dust mites. (There is also a eucalyptus wash available in the supermarkets that is supposed to kill dust mites. )
  • Drink plenty of water - this drying weather can be very agitating.
  • Wash all new and existing jumpers and winter clothes before wearing them again. 
  • Use a mattress and pillow protector on the bed and wash them regularly. 
  • Vacuum mattresses with the power head on the vacuum.
  • Put pillows, couch cushions, etc in sturdy bags and vacuum all the air out. Do it a couple of times and that helps clean then out.
  • Take your own pillow when you go traveling.