Prepare your Eczema Child for Winter Weather Conditions
Is your child ready for the winter season? Eczema can be triggered and flare-up at any time of the year, but winter can be particularly irritating. Most kids experience worse symptoms during cold weather because of dry conditions that make the skin more delicate and vulnerable. The shocking contrast of moving between cold and hot conditions is also hard on the skin.
Here are 4 key ways to prepare your child for cold winter weather conditions:
1. Moisturize… Even More Often Than Usual
Keep your child’s skin barrier intact by moisturizing even more frequently than usual. Moisturize your child’s hands before putting on mittens and other winter clothing and again when they come inside. Put an emollient on their little hands at night and cover with Eczema Treatment Gloves at bedtime. Immediately apply a moisturizer or emollient after your child bathes or showers. Also make sure the water is warm not hot. Hot water can strip much needed oils from skin.
2. Be Conscious of Clothing
Dress your eczema child in clothing that is breathable and soft. Wool may be warm but it’s scratchy, so we don’t recommend it. Skip nylons and synthetics as they allow sweat to build up and sweat aggravates eczema. Choose tencel® and cotton instead of synthetic fabrics. Tencel® is the best for eczema with studies reporting it is superior for eczema but it can be hard to find. 100% cotton is the next best for eczema.
3. Watch Out for Sweat & Wet
Protect your child from the cold but not at the expense of getting sweaty in their snowsuit. If your child has a tendency to sweat which can cause itching and irritation, find a balance between reducing their exertion, and helping them to change into fresh, dry clothing as soon as they come back inside. Tencel® is thermo-regulating, breathable and greatly inhibits the growth of bacteria on the fabric because of its wicking ability. This is the best option for children with eczema and is excellent under winter clothing and winter gear. To shop for tencel® undergarments, visit www.adrescuewear.com.
4. Moderate Heat Levels
Don’t overheat your home, especially the bedroom. If your child experiences night sweats, reduce the room temperature and consider lighter bedding and pajamas. Lyocell/tencel® bedding is best for eczema. The next option would be 100% cotton or silk.
Your home will be drier because of the use of either the furnace or electric heat during wintertime. Use a humidifier at home to moisten the dry air, especially in the bedroom.
Getting your eczema child ready for winter isn’t all that different from the precautions that you should be taking throughout the rest of the year. However, the level of attention is turned up on high during the winter months. It can be helpful to adopt the same skin care regimen for yourself as you are implementing for your child so that this routine becomes a habit. While many kids do experience worse symptoms during cold weather, it’s because of dry conditions and issues of alternating hot and cold temperatures. Follow the steps described here and you’ll go a long way to keep your child protected from eczema flare ups from now until spring and beyond. After all, winter time is a fun time for kids, we want to give them the best winter experience possible.