Alleviating Eczema’s Itch
When your child is experiencing the itch that comes with eczema, there’s really no point in telling him or her to stop scratching but it’s worth a try. It can be so difficult to resist the urge to scratch that often the best thing you can do to help your child deal with eczema is to use soothing techniques and ointments, and to provide distractions to forget about the itch.
Some home remedies that are frequently effective at combating the awful itch of eczema include the following:
- Cold compresses—Covering the area with a cold compress can help soothe the itchiness. Placing a cold damp towel on the area and applying a moisturizer can also help.
- Oatmeal bath—Colloidal oatmeal in a lukewarm bath is a great way to soothe the skin during an outbreak. After about 20 minutes, towel dry but leave the skin slightly damp and apply moisturizing ointment.
- Stress reduction—Since stress can precipitate an outbreak of eczema, keeping your child calm and happy can help reduce their occurrence.
- Suggest tapping or pinching instead of itching—This will often satisfy the need to itch without actually abrading the skin.
- Distractions and activities—Keeping your child occupied with fun activities and other distractions will help take his or her mind off the itch.
- Take a warm bath— Soaking in a warm bath will help reduce itch. Don’t forget to apply an ointment like petroleum jelly after soaking.
Treating and preventing flare ups of childhood eczema are often best left to the care of an experienced dermatologist. Dr. Juan Vaillant of Old Bridge Dermatology has been treating patients for hair, skin, and nail problems for over 30 years, and has the extensive background needed to help address a variety of dermatological issues. Dr. Vaillant has successfully treated acne, eczema, dandruff, hair loss, psoriasis, and nail fungus. If you are looking for an amiable, highly skilled dermatologist, call our office in Old Bridge, NJ at (732) 679-0222 and make an appointment.