When my daughter was small she suffered badly with eczema on her legs, and now she is older occasionally she gets flare-ups behind her knees, on her thighs, bottom, arms. She is not as a bad as some children I’ve seen, but nevertheless it is uncomfortable for her and infuriating for us.
We found it frustrating, not knowing exactly what was causing the flare-ups, but in time and through a process of elimination we found a few things that most definitely made things worse.
Now, not all children are the same and if in doubt and if your child is in serious discomfort and pain, I would always advocate getting professional, medical advice from your doctor. However, here are my Top 5 Eczema flare-up villains based on our own personal experience. Give them a go and let me know how you get on.
- Johnson’s baby bath – Or, to be fair, any children’s baby bath. We tried several types, organic and non-organic, but for some reason they really do not suit our daughter. Instead, I turned to an adult shower creme, which works a treat!
- Tomatoes – The acidity of tomatoes really plays havoc with a child’s fragile Ph balance. One or two cherry tomatoes can be fine, but just be warned. Oranges and other citrus fruits, and indeed strawberries can be bad too.
- Children’s sun cream – This caused some horrendous flare-ups, but you can’t just deny your child their vitamin D by wrapping them up in multiple layers. Thankfully we found a decent sensitive sun cream that works perfectly with no side effects.
- Eczema creams – Sometimes less is most definitely more. Slathering our daughter in slimy cream actually made things worse on more than one occasion. Sometimes it really is a good idea to just give the skin a break from lotions and potions, bathe your child in just plain water and pat them dry. If needs by give them some antihistamine to help with the itch-scratch cycle.
- Climate – Yep, in the same way that the seasons can affect our moods, so they can affect eczema. Central heating and low humidity really plays havoc and I think that is why our daughter’s eczema has flared-up recently now the heating is on. Using layers rather than ramping up the thermostat is a better, and cheaper, option.