Spring break can be a magical time for children. It’s
the midway point between Christmas and the summer break, and chances are that
they’ll need it! School can be remarkably stressful for a child. You may be
planning on staying home for the entire break, but if you’re planning a
vacation, you might need to take a few extra steps if you have an eczema child.
Travelling with an eczema suffer (or travelling as one) can be a massive headache, to put it mildly. You never know exactly what kinds of eczema triggers you could come in contact with. The best way to get ready for a spring vacation with one or more eczema sufferers is to build a great to-do list and follow every step. Thankfully, we’re here with a ready-made to-do list that will help you and your eczema children have an absolutely delightful vacation!
1) Pack All Eczema Creams, Medications, and Eczema Clothing
This seems obvious, but it’s worth checking twice. The last thing you want is to arrive at your vacation spot only to find that you forgot your eczema-safe ointment.
Even on vacation, nightly wet wrap therapy with an Eczema Rescue Suit is a great way to help your eczema child’s skin heal throughout the night. If you’re in a hotel, just make sure that you give the bathtub a good rinse and maybe even a bit of a scrub with a towel before putting them in. The last thing you want is the residue of a cheap cleaning product triggering their eczema while you’re administering wet wrap therapy.
2) Figure Out Your Travel Method
Airplanes are convenient ways to travel long distances, but the extremely dry air inside them can exacerbate a case of eczema. One of the best ways to combat this for your eczema children is to administer dry wrap therapy, a variation of wet wrap therapy. It’s basically the same procedure as wet wrap therapy, except you skip the step where you dampen the Eczema Rescue Suit. By covering their skin with their moisturizer and locking it in with their Eczema Clothing, you can protect it for the entire flight.
Another word of warning if you’re flying with an eczema child who has a very visible flare-up: make sure that you get a doctor’s note informing the airline staff of your child’s eczema. There’s a chance you could get an employee at the gate who could mistake your child’s eczema for some other condition and deny them entry on the plane. It’s a very small chance, but there’s no point in taking risks, especially with the current climate about air travel and airline company policies.
3) Figure Out Accommodations
This is a big one. You’ll have to stay somewhere! Whether it’s at a relative’s house or in a hotel, odds are that it won’t be an ideally safe place for your eczema children.
The things you have to watch out for are bedsheets and towels. Hotels tend to use industrial cleaners and very abrasive laundry detergent. If you think regular laundry detergent can cause a flare-up, you ain’t seen nothing yet. You can completely avoid this issue by taking your own sheets and towels with you that have been washed in an eczema-safe laundry detergent.
It might also be a good idea to bring along a small amount of your eczema-safe laundry detergent, just in case you have a clothing emergency and need to do a quick wash. If you don’t want to risk putting your eczema child’s clothes in an unknown washing machine, you could always do a quick hand wash in the sink of the hotel.
4) What is The Climate of Your Vacation Location?
Dry, hot air can wreak havoc on the skin of eczema sufferers. Eczema-damaged skin is already extremely dry and flakey. If you vacation in a hot and dry climate with little moisture in the air, you can bet that your skin will dry out even further.
If you are vacationing somewhere warm and humid, there shouldn’t be a problem with the humidity in the air, but you do want to be very careful of eczema-damaged skin in the sun. An eczema flare-up is bad enough without having to deal with a sunburn on top of it. Thankfully, we have you covered here with our new Vanicream Sunscreen. This sunscreen has been rigorously tested to be safe for sensitive eczema skin. Using it can really help your eczema children enjoy the sun during their spring break!