Relieving Itchy Eczema
When your child is complaining of an itch due to eczema, there’s no use in telling him or her not to scratch. Itchiness caused by eczema can be severe and be very difficult to resist scratching, so the best way to help your child is to treat and manage the eczema while trying some techniques to soothe the itch.
Try these home remedies:
- Cold compress – Soothing the area with a cold compress can help numb the itchiness. Apply a cold damp towel to the area, and apply a moisturizer.
- Lukewarm bath – Soaking in a bath can help reduce itch, but always remember to apply a thick layer of ointment like petroleum jelly to the affected areas.
- Colloidal oatmeal bath – Soaking colloidal oatmeal in a lukewarm bath is a helpful way to soothe the skin. After about 10-15 minutes, towel dry but leave the skin damp and moisturize with ointment.
- Reduce stress – Stress can cause flare ups for eczema, so keeping the child as calm and happy as possible can prevent severe itchiness.
- Tap the area around the itchy area – For a young child, it may be too tempting to scratch, but tapping or pinching the unaffected areas around the eczema can often satisfy the itch.
- Engage in an activity – Offer fun activities for your child so you can keep his or her mind off of the itchiness.
If your child has eczema, it is important to consult with a dermatologist so that an individualized treatment plan can be created. Reducing itch, treating the eczema, and preventing flare ups are all ways that your dermatologist can help. At Old Bridge Dermatology, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Juan Vaillant has been helping patients with skin, hair, and nail issues for over 30 years. From acne, skin cancer, age spots, hair loss and nail fungus, Dr. Vaillant is committed to helping you regain your confidence and health! Please visit our website or contact us at our Old Bridge, NJ office at (732) 679-0222 to schedule an appointment!