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Treatments – how to soothe the skin
While we figure out the source of the issue, it’s important to manage the discomfort.
Conventional eczema creams usually contain steroids or antihistamines. These can quickly relieve itchiness and reduce inflammation, but unfortunately they don’t address the underlying cause. Eczema is usually a symptom, and while suppressing the symptom of itchy skin can make your child more comfortable, it can also lead to a reliance on medicated creams.
Quick tips for eczema skin:
- Keep fingernails trimmed and buffed. This reduces the likelihood of persistent scratching breaking the skin, which can lead to bleeding and infection.
- Start a symptom diary. This will help to track anything that seems to make the symptoms worse (such as food, clothing, creams, pollen, grass, and animal fur).
- Avoid hot showers and baths, and try to avoid synthetic soaps and bubbles.
- Use a calendula cream between applications of medicated ointments. Calendula flowers contain medicinal properties that soothe itching and burning, while also encouraging the skin to heal.
- Oatmeal and chamomile baths can help relieve persistent itching and dryness. Add a pot of chamomile tea to the bath, along with 1 cup of whole oats sealed in a cheesecloth or laundry bag.
- Vitamin C acts as a natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory. Age appropriate amounts through supplemental or dietary sources can decrease redness, itching, and inflammation.