Starting School with Eczema
The beginning of the school year can be both an exciting and stressful time. If your child has eczema, organization is key to getting off to a smooth start. Having a family member with eczema requires additional preparation to get school-ready. Below is a list of tips to assist you in getting your child with eczema ready for the school year.
Starting School with Eczema - A Parent’s Guide
Moisturizing - Dry skin is common in children with eczema, which can trigger itching. Keeping skin moisturized will help keep skin healthy and will decrease the urge to itch and scratch. It is best to Soak and Seal your child’s skin before bed. Soak your child in a lukewarm tub for 10-20 minutes. Remove your child from the tub, pat dry and immediately apply an emollient or moisturizer. Vaniply and Vanicream work great. Also, if your child is old enough, send moisturizer to school with them. Hand washing at school is extremely important to prevent the spread of germs but it can intensify hand eczema. Applying a moisturizer after hand washing can prevent hand eczema from getting out of control.
Minimize Itching and Scratching - It is very tempting for children with eczema to scratch, as it temporarily relieves the itching, but in the long run it causes redness, swelling, which increases the discomfort and triggers more itching that can lead to infection. Breathable, natural fabrics like Tencel® and 100% Cotton are great options for people who suffer from eczema. Tencel® fabric is proven superior for eczema. Tencel® is naturally anti-itch, prevents eczema flares and keeps emollients in place when worn over an eczema emollient. Tencel® eczema clothing can be worn under school uniforms and regular clothing. Also, consider letting your child wear eczema gloves at school to prevent scratching and to keep creams in place. Eczema sleeves can be very helpful in the problem areas such as behind the knees and creases inside the elbows. Eczema sleeves made out of Tencel® subside itching and prevent further irritation. Visit www.adrescuewear.com for Tencel® eczema clothing and eczema treatment gloves.
Help Your Child Manage Stress - Stress is a trigger for eczema whether it stems from the symptoms and treatment of eczema or the academic and social pressures brought on by the school year. It is important to find ways to help your child prevent and cope with the stress brought on by school.
Make sure your child has activities they enjoy and talk to your child about their stress levels and plug into their responsibilities at school so if they seem stressed out you can help them manage their eczema and their responsibilities. Teach your child time management skills and talk to your child about their feelings regularly.
Educate Your Child - Educate your child about eczema, their triggers and how to best manage the symptoms. This will help them prevent and treat their symptoms when they are not with you. Validate feelings and insecurities they may have about coping with eczema, especially social insecurities. Children with eczema can feel isolated in social settings.
Raise Awareness - This can include teachers, fellow parents and classmates of your child. This can promote acceptance within your child’s classroom, which will help create a comfortable school environment for your child. Have a meeting with your child’s teacher and discuss how your child behaves when having an eczema flare and how to best handle it. October is eczema awareness month - ask your child's teacher if you can come talk to the class about eczema, the symptoms of eczema and how it is not contagious and what children can do to make an eczema child feel better.
Communicate with Teachers and Nurses - Establish a relationship with your child’s teacher and nurse at school. Discuss medications that your child may be taking as well as any environmental accommodations your child may need in order to prevent possible triggers for your child’s eczema.
Make an Eczema Relief Kit - Talk with your child’s teacher to make sure this is okay to have at school. Things to include can range from moisturizing lotion, bandages, alcohol-free hand sanitizer, antibiotic ointment, eczema sleeves, eczema gloves instructions for use, and any other specific materials your child may need. It can also be helpful to list specific triggers to avoid and accommodations they may need.
Seat Assignment - Request your child is seated away from heat sources. Radiators and sunny windows may not be the best place for your child if heat aggravates their eczema. Many eczema sufferers report heat and sweat as an eczema trigger.
Republished from 8-11-2015