11 Ways to Prevent and Treat Eczema Flare-Ups

11 Ways to Prevent and Treat Eczema Flare-Ups #WaterWipes #IC #AD

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11 Ways to Prevent and Treat Eczema Flare-Ups

Does your child have eczema? One summer when my oldest son was 2 years old, I noticed that he was having some problems with his skin. He had a rash on the back of his legs, along the rolls on his arms and legs, and in the folds of his arms. I had no clue what was causing this rash so I took him to the doctor. His pediatrician diagnosed him with eczema.

The symptoms of eczema vary from person to person. It may even look different too. Your child’s symptoms can range from mild, moderate, and extreme. Over the past several years, I have learned to manage my son’s eczema and wanted to share these tips with you.

Eczema Symptoms

If your child has any of the following symptoms, you should have your child seen by a doctor to rule out other medical conditions.

  • dry, sensitive skin
  • intense itching
  • red, inflamed skin
  • frequent, recurring rash
  • skin that looks scaly
  • rough patches of skin that resembles leather
  • oozing or crusting
  • swollen skin
  • dark colored patches of skin

Talk to your Child’s Doctor

When I noticed the rash on my son, I decided to take him to the doctor because lotion wasn’t clearing it up. His skin was red and it looked irritated. I didn’t want to mess around since I wasn’t sure what was going on. His doctor told me that he had eczema and they prescribed him medication to help treat the symptoms. Don’t get discouraged if it takes several trips to the doctor to figure out the best way to treat your child’s eczema.

Use a Good Moisturizer Often

In addition to any prescription medications, you should keep the skin moisturized. This will help reduce the redness and itching. I always used Moisturel or Eucerin. It is super thick lotion but it is made especially for dry skin. Apply a thin layer several times a day. Make sure that you thoroughly apply moisturizers after you get out of the bath or shower. If your child is having a flare up, you can even add moisturizer before they get into the bathtub to help prevent the soap from drying it out too much.

Use a Gentle Soap

Stay away from harsh chemicals that is found in many of the soaps on the market. I liked using Dove for Sensitive Skin for my son. I also switched to dye free laundry soap and use dyer balls instead of using fabric softener. I also searched for products that were made specifically for sensitive skin.

Learn What Triggers Flare Ups

My son seems to have more issues during the summer time especially if he goes swimming or spends a ton of time outside. The summer time heat causes him to sweat more and it makes his skin flare up. If you notice that your child’s skin flares up after eating certain foods, you can avoid those triggers. I always tell my son during the summer time to make sure that he treats his problem areas before they become an issue.

Use WaterWipes™

WaterWipes Chemical Free Baby Wipes

If your infant has sensitive skin, Babies “R” Us now carries WaterWipes™ that are made for babies who have skin sensitives or parents who want to reduce the number of chemicals their child is exposed too. WaterWipes™ contain no additives, perfumes, or dyes that can irritate your child’s skin. These wipes are made up of 99.9% water and 0.1% fruit extract. You can find these wipes at Babies “R” Us on the isle with the diapers and wipes. When I was in Babies “R” Us a few weeks ago, I found WaterWipes on sale for 2 for $6. They are usually $3.99 each. Make sure that you call Babies “R” Us before heading to the store to pick up the wipes. Only a select handful of stores are carrying them at this time.

Learn more about WaterWipes™ by visiting their website. You can also find Waterwipes™ on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. I love that these baby wipes are chemical free. I really expected these baby wipes to be rigid since they only contained water. When I opened the package, I was amazed at how soft they were. It was almost as if I was using a wash cloth instead of a baby wipe. I love them because they don’t irritate my son’s sensitive skin. I wish I had these when my youngest was born. He didn’t have sensitive skin but I don’t like using all of the harmful chemicals on him. I do still use wipes on occasion; for example, if my son needs additional cleaning after using the restroom or for cleaning up his face. Don’t forget to pick the wipes up at Babies “R” Us!

Try Cold Compresses

If you notice a flare up, you can use cold compresses to help keep it from itching. Also once you have a flare up, you can also use this to help reduce the redness. Use a cold wet wash cloth or even an ice pack on your problem areas. Don’t forget to wrap the ice pack in a thin towel or use a cover to help prevent frostbite.

Apply Thin Layer Hydro-Cortisone

When my son had a flare up and we didn’t have a prescription, I would go to the store and buy some 1% hydro-cortisone. The cortisone would help keep my son from itching his problem spots. It is a steroid so you want to use caution when using it. After I would apply a thin layer of the cortisone, I would then add a moisturizer on top of it. Doing this would often times clear up his eczema without having to see a doctor. I would use this technique 3 or 4 times a day. However, if it wasn’t healed after 7 days I would schedule an appointment with my son’s doctor. Depending on the severity of his flare-up, sometimes they would tell me to keep with this treatment or they would prescribe something a bit stronger to take care of it.

Take an Oatmeal Bath

Pick up some of the Aveno Oatmeal bath or make your own oatmeal bath solution. During the summer, I would grab a package of oatmeal and add it to my son’s bath water. It would help reduce the itching and it was soothing to the skin.

Use Luke Warm Bath Water

Hot water zaps the skin of moisture. Instead of taking super hot baths or showers, you should use warm water instead. This will help reduce dry skin and help prevent flare ups.

Cover Up

My son often complains that his problem spots are super itchy. He is older now and knows better to scratch his eczema. When he was younger, I had to cover up his problem spots either with bandages or clothes. Remember to wear light colored clothing during the summer time and choose fabrics that are breathable.

Get Tested for Allergens

If your child is constantly getting flare ups, you should meet with your doctor to determine if they would be a good candidate for allergy testing. Allergy testing is a great way to determine if your child is allergic to common allergens. Once the allergens are determined, you can help your child avoid the triggers and even possibly get allergy shots which would help prevent flare ups.

Eczema flare-ups can be painful and troublesome for your child. I hope that these tips are helpful. I often found that it is so much easier to try and prevent flare-ups before they even happen. Always monitor your child’s problems spots.

My youngest son was also impressed with the snack isle at Babies “R” Us. They had a huge collection of healthy snacks to choose from too!

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Does your child have eczema? If so, do you have any additional tips for parents?

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22 responses to “11 Ways to Prevent and Treat Eczema Flare-Ups #WaterWipes #IC #AD”

  1. Kisa Johnson Avatar

    My youngest has eczema and she’s the only one of mine with it. 🙁 I’ve been thankful for the cooler weather the past couple of days so I could cover her legs (where she gets it the worst) with pants!

  2. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle Avatar

    This is great information. None of my kids ever had eczema, and I’m so glad. I’ve heard it’s horribly uncomfortable.

  3. Melissa Pezza Avatar

    I’m so glad my babies never had to suffer through this. I’ve seen it on other babies, and it just looks so horrible for them. =(

  4. Chubskulit Rose Avatar

    My kids did not sufer from eczema but my sister’s daughter did. It was really uncomfortable for the baby.

  5. Debbie Denny Avatar
    Debbie Denny

    These are great tips. The wipes would be great for my mom.

  6. lisa Avatar

    My neighbor was just telling me that her boys have eczema. I will have to pass all this info on to her. I had no idea there was a thing called water wipes. Very good to know.

  7. Alli Avatar

    I wish those had been around when my son was little. He was 2 when he had his first eczema flare-up. I had no idea what it was. The doctor told me he would probably grow out of it, but he never did. He’s in his 20’s and still has to deal with it.

  8. Christy Maurer Avatar

    My daughter has super sensitive skin but not eczema. I am sure she would have benefited from these as a baby though!

  9. Liz Mays Avatar

    This is very helpful. One of my children had eczema flare ups every now and then. They caused so much discomfort.

    1. Liz Mays Avatar

      Now I’m wondering if anyone of it was caused by allergens. It’s definitely possible.

  10. Joanne T Ferguson Avatar

    What great ways you highlight to help eczema! There is a Chinese herb called Tri Snakes itching Powder in capsules and works like a dream!

  11. Lori Bosworth Avatar

    Waterwipes sounds great for kids who have skin problems including eczema. Your other tips including applying moisturizer are a good idea too.

  12. Kiwi Avatar

    I know so many of my friends and family with children with Eczema! I am sure these Water Wipe are going to be great for moms with babies with super sensitive skin!

  13. Life as a Convert Avatar

    I wish these were available at Wal-Mart. I looked and didn’t see them.

  14. Mimi "MimiCuteLips" Green Avatar

    Both of my kids had eczema, my three year old had it really bag. These would have been a huge help for her when she had it bad. Glad to see they have a product out there to help ease the discomfort that comes with having eczema.

  15. Rosey Avatar

    Aww that baby picture!! My aunt has eczema. She’s been dealing with it her whole life. I’m happy product lines have amped it up to help provide relief.

  16. lisa @bitesforbabies Avatar

    Luckily, neither or my kids had issues with their skin as babies. When I found it was on the dry side I always used coconut oil!

  17. Krystal Avatar

    Oatmeals baths are crucial I think to this. I know how it can affect sensitive skin!

  18. Chasity Boatman Avatar
    Chasity Boatman

    This would have been great for my son! He and I both have eczema.

  19. Lalia @ Found Frolicking Avatar

    I have a brother with eczema. Luckily it isn’t something I’ve had to deal with personally, nor my son. We aren’t unfamiliar with oatmeal baths, though! They’re definitely great for more than treating eczema. It’s so gentle for the skin, and it gave my son some relief when he broke out in hives as an infant.

  20. Nickida Avatar

    There are lots of grea tips here. These are all solutions I use with my daughter fo rher eczema

  21. Adanna Avatar

    While my daughter doesn’t bave ecxema she sometimes get breakouts or itchy skin in the summer. Looks like these wipes may help.