The Most Important Tip for Eczema Management is Adding Much Needed Moisture.
But not all moisture is the same.
Below are simple tips to make the process effective in treating your child's eczema.
- Use an emollient instead of a cream or lotion. Eczema creams and lotions are inferior to ointments and emollients. Creams are water based and do not protect the skin and are absorbed quickly leaving eczema skin dry.
- Use an emollient or ointment with the National Eczema Association's Seal of Acceptance such as Vaniply. Do not use any product with fragrance and make sure the emollient is hypoallergenic.
- Always apply the emollient after a warm bath. Let your child soak in warm water for at least 10 minutes. This will get the skin plump and full of moisture. Then the emollient will seal this moisture into the skin. Make sure the cleanser, shampoo and conditioner you are using also have the National Eczema Association's Seal of Acceptance. These products should also be fragrance free and hypoallergenic.
- Use the emollient liberally and spread in a downward motion. This downward motion does not aggravate the hair follicles.
- Apply eczema clothing over the emollient to keep it in place, stop the itch, and decrease the mess of the emollient.
- Consider wet wrap therapy for eczema. If your child has moderate to severe eczema, wet wrap therapy is a great way to stop the itch and repair the skin barrier. Studies report an average reduction in eczema symptoms by 70%. Wet wrap therapy is simple - just wet the eczema clothing with warm water, wring it out until the eczema clothing is just damp and apply. Then apply a dry layer of cotton clothing. Below is an easy diagram of wet wrap therapy for eczema.