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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Dealing With Your Child's Eczema

Eczema is a condition where the skin becomes inflamed, red and irritable. It is very itchy and that is why it is brings so much discomfort for the person who has it. Unfortunately, there are many children who also have this particular skin condition. Eczema on children not only causes the children discomfort, but the parents end up suffering as well because of the great discomfort it brings to their child. When a child has eczema it’s considered by most people that it was genetically passed down to them. Even though the parent doesn't have eczema, some parents who have hay fever, asthma, or any other allergies may just pass those particular genes to their child. When a child or a baby is subjected to many allergens in their environment it can easily trigger eczema. Unfortunately, as much as the parents would like to cure the eczema, it can't be completely cured. However, it can be treated with the right care.

What should you do about your child’s eczema?

If your child has eczema, the best thing to do first would be to have it checked with the doctor or local skin doctor. Every eczema case is different, so it is important for your child to be diagnosed properly so that you also know what you need to do in order to help treat your child.

The second thing is to make sure you avoid any kind of harsh soap, oil, or shampoo. There are chemicals found in soap or shampoo that can be more harmful for a child with eczema.

Third, you can help them by using various steroid creams and moisturisers time and time again. Eczema is inflamed with dry skin. So keep your child moisturized with the right moisturizer.

Fourth, be diligent about the food they eat. Make sure that it is food that it is food that is healthy and nutritious. Some foods such as sweet potatoes and carrots are rich in vitamin C which helps fight spots and wrinkles, couple this with foods like salmon and flax seeds which are rich in omega 3 and your child will witness less irritation and redness as well.

And Finally, it is important that a child stays cool at all times. The heat of the day can trigger eczema, so make sure that they are wearing cool clothes and stay in a cool place.

There are many other ways to help relieve the discomfort in eczema. Just make sure that you get the right medical advice so that you can help your child in whatever way you can.

This article was written by Jem. Under writerjem, he writes out of a dermatology website and cares about how people cope with common skin issues. Eczema is a problem close to his heart and he yearns to help educate anyone who needs it. You can learn more by following him on Twitter at @writerjem .

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