Holiday Travel with Eczema: 6 Tips to Stay Eczema FREE

Holiday Travel with Eczema: 6 Tips to Stay Eczema FREE

Elizabeth Scott

IT'S THE HOLIDAY SEASON AND TRAVELING WITH ECZEMA CAN PRESENT SOME CHALLENGES. BUT DON'T WORRY! AT AD RESCUEWEAR, WE UNDERSTAND THESE CHALLENGES AND HAVE 6 EASY TIPS TO HELP PREVENT YOUR TRIP FROM GETTING DERAILED BY ECZEMA!

PACK YOUR CHILD'S ECZEMA PRODUCTS

THE FIRST ITEM TO PACK IS YOUR CHILD'S ECZEMA EMOLLIENT SUCH AS VANIPLY OR PRESCRIPTION CREAM. A GOOD WAY NOT TO FORGET IMPORTANT ITEMS IS TO PACK A CARRY ON SIZE "ECZEMA BAG". PACK THIS BAG BEFORE YOU PACK ANY OTHER. IT'S A GOOD WAY TO MAKE SURE YOU DON'T FORGET ANY OF YOUR CHILD'S PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS SUCH AS INHALERS OR EPI-PENS. ESSENTIAL CONTENTS OF YOUR BAG CAN INCLUDE PRESCRIPTION MEDICINES, ECZEMA EMOLLIENT, CLEANSER SUCH AS FREE AND CLEAR CLEANSER FOR ECZEMA, A SMALL BOTTLE OF FREE AND CLEAR LAUNDRY DETERGENT AND YOUR CHILD'S ECZEMA CLOTHING SUCH AS AD RESCUEWEAR. AN ECZEMA FLARE MAY OCCUR IF YOUR CHILD USES A HOTEL OR FAMILY MEMBER'S CLEANSER, MOISTURIZER AND LAUNDRY DETERGENT. IF YOU'RE GETTING LOW ON ANY PRESCRIPTION CREAM OR STEROID, BE SURE TO FILL AND PICK UP THAT PRESCRIPTION BEFORE LEAVING TOWN. CONSIDER PACKING A SMALL BLANKET MADE WITH A MICRO FIBER COVER THAT CAN BE PLACED ON THE FLOOR OF AN AIRPORT, HOTEL BED OR FURNITURE.

IF YOU'RE TRAVELING TO A COLDER CLIMATE, YOUR CHILD'S ECZEMA CLOTHING CAN HELP PROTECT SKIN FROM SCRATCHY SWEATERS OR SHIRTS. IF YOU'RE GOING TO A WARMER LOCATION, ECZEMA SLEEVES CAN HELP WICK EXCESS SWEAT FROM ELBOWS AND/OR BACKS OF KNEES. IF HOLIDAY TRAVEL INCLUDES A LONG CAR RIDE, ECZEMA PANTS ARE GREAT WORN UNDER CLOTHING IF YOUR LITTLE ONE LOVES TO SCRATCH WHILE RIDING IN THE CAR. ECZEMA CLOTHING SHOULD ALSO BE BROUGHT ALONG IN CASE A MORE SEVERE FLARE OCCURS AND YOUR CHILD REQUIRES ECZEMA TREATMENT SUCH AS WET WRAP THERAPY WHILE ON HOLIDAY.

PACK A SPECIAL KID SIZE TRAVEL BAG OR BACK PACK

HAVE YOUR KIDS PACK A SPECIAL CHILD SIZE BACK PACK  WITH THEIR FAVORITE BOOKS, TABLET WITH MOVIES OR OTHER ACTIVITIES. THEY'LL BE EXCITED TO HAVE THEIR OWN BAG AND IT'S A GREAT WAY TO PREVENT BOREDOM SCRATCHING! DON'T FORGET TO PACK ALLERGY FRIENDLY SNACKS LIKE MADE GOOD  IN THEIR BAG AND YOUR PURSE. YOU AND YOUR CHILD WILL BE RELIEVED KNOWING THERE ARE SAFE SNACKS ON HAND. NOBODY WANTS A HUNGER MELT DOWN WHILE DRIVING IN A SNOW STORM OR WAITING AT AN AIRPORT OR TRAIN TERMINAL WHERE THERE IS LITTLE TO EAT!

RESEARCH WHERE TO EAT AT YOUR DESTINATION

IF YOUR CHILD HAS KNOWN FOOD ALLERGIES OR THEIR ECZEMA IS TRIGGERED BY CERTAIN FOODS, YOU ALREADY KNOW HOW STRESSFUL IT CAN BE FOR THEM TO EAT AN UNFAMILIAR FOOD. EATING ON THE FLY CAN CAUSE MORE PROBLEMS AND STRESS FOR YOU AND YOUR CHILD. SO WHILE IT'S IMPORTANT TO PLAN FOR EATING ENROUTE, IT'S EQUALLY IMPORTANT TO PLAN WHERE TO EAT ONCE YOU REACH YOUR DESTINATION. IF YOU'RE STAYING IN A HOTEL, CALL AHEAD TO CHECK OUT THE HOTEL RESTAURANT MENU AND INQUIRE ABOUT NEARBY RESTAURANTS AND GROCERY STORES.

PREPARE FOR DEALING WITH POTENTIAL ALLERGENS AT YOUR DESTINATION

SHEETS AND TOWELS AT YOUR DESTINATION MAY HAVE BEEN WASHED IN DETERGENT THAT IS IRRITATING TO YOUR CHILD'S SKIN. IF YOU HAVE ROOM IN YOUR BAG, CONSIDER PACKING YOUR CHILD'S OWN SHEETS OR BLANKET. YOU MAY ALSO CONSIDER PURCHASING A PRODUCT MADE ESPECIALLY FOR TRAVEL SUCH AS THE ALLERSAC TO USE IN PLACE OF HOTEL SHEETS OR OTHER BEDDING. IF YOU'RE STAYING WITH FAMILY, CONSIDER ASKING IF THE CARPETS AND FLOORS CAN BE VACUUMED AHEAD OF YOUR ARRIVAL. THIS IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT IF YOUR CHILD HAS A KNOWN ALLERGY TO PETS OR OTHER FOOD ITEMS THAT COULD BE ON THE FLOOR OR FURNITURE. HOPEFULLY YOU WON'T HAVE A NEED FOR AN EMERGENCY ROOM, BUT BE PREPARED WITH THE ADDRESS AND DIRECTIONS IF ONE IS NEEDED.

FOLLOW YOUR CHILD'S NORMAL SKIN CARE ROUTINE

IT CAN BE EASY TO FORGET THIS IMPORTANT STEP IN THE EXCITEMENT OF HOLIDAY TRAVEL BUT IT'S SO IMPORTANT!  THIS IS HOW YOU CAN HELP CONTROL AND PREVENT AN ECZEMA FLARE. IN FACT, IF YOU'RE STAYING WITH FAMILY OR FRIENDS LET THEM KNOW BEFORE YOU ARRIVE THAT YOU MAY NEED TO BATHE YOUR CHILD THAT NIGHT BEFORE BED. INFORMING FAMILY ABOUT YOUR CHILD'S SKIN CARE ROUTINE OR SPECIAL NEEDS CAN PREVENT UNNECESSARY STRESS UPON ARRIVAL. IF YOUR CHILD IS OLD ENOUGH YOU CAN DISCUSS WITH THEM THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING UP WITH THE USUAL ROUTINE.  A NEW BOOK OR TOY TO PLAY WITH WHILE YOU UNPACK AND GATHER ITEMS FOR THEIR SKIN CARE ROUTINE CAN HELP SMOOTH THE PROCESS.  

HAVE FUN!

DON'T FORGET TO HAVE FUN AND LAUGH WITH YOUR CHILD! LAUGHING AND PLAYING AND PARTICIPATING IN FAMILY HOLIDAY TRADITIONS ARE A GREAT WAY TO LOWER STRESS AND DISTRACT FROM ITCHY SKIN.  THESE ARE PRECIOUS TIMES WITH YOUR FAMILY AND KIDS ARE USUALLY VERY EXCITED TO GO TO A NEW PLACE. TRY TO FOCUS ON ALL OF THE FUN THINGS YOU'LL DO WITH YOUR FAMILY AND NOT AS MUCH ON WHAT MAY HAPPEN IF YOUR CHILD HAS AN ECZEMA FLARE. REMEMBER WITH PREPARATION, HOLIDAY TRAVEL CAN BE FUN AND ECZEMA FREE!

FROM ALL OF US AT AD RESCUEWEAR, WE WISH YOU HAPPY TRAVELING AND FUN WITH YOUR FAMILY. FOR MORE TIPS AND INFORMATION ON ECZEMA PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AD RESCUEWEAR.