Travel eczema can be miserable if you don’t have your medication or favorite creams/emollients. Eczema can easily occur when you get off your daily skin maintenance schedule or if there is contact with irritants or allergens you can’t control. It can also be a change in diet from eating out and ingesting hidden ingredients at restaurants. If you or your child has eczema, travel can present some problems keeping eczema under control. Also, traveling can be stressful and eczema loves stress.
Below are some tips to keep your eczema or your child’s eczema under control while you are in the train, plane or automobile. The less eczema you experience, the more you will enjoy your vacation.
Bring your child’s normal eczema creams/medications with you. Even if your child is not suffering with eczema, it’s worth taking “just in case”. New environments can cause an eczema flare and so can a change in diet from travelling. If you want to save space, pack in travel bottles or ask your doctor for sample sizes but don’t skimp. Just when you need it the most, you will run out. You may want to consider putting them in your carry-on.
Airlines loose bags all the time and you con't want to loose your medication. Also, make sure they are in the proper size bottles and are in a quart size ziplock bag if you will be bringing them on the plane. Keep in mind that if your flight is cancelled you may not be able to get your bag or if you miss your connecting flight your bag may make it and you may end up in a hotel that night with no medication. Putting your child’s necessary medication and creams in your carry-on will make sure it’s there when you need it. Check your airline website requirements before packing and always plan for the worse. If you don’t want to take the medication, at least write down the name of the creams and strengths so you can discuss it with a pharmacist or doctor if necessary.
Try and keep the daily skin maintenance routine the same while traveling. It’s best to bathe or rinse off your child before bed to remove any allergens or irritants from the day and apply the prescribed creams and emollients.
If possible, bring your own set of sheets and a towel for your child. Hotels can use harsh detergents and purfumes when they launder sheets and towels. These harsh detergents can irritate your child’s skin or cause an eczema flare. Consider purchasing an Allersac for traveling and/or sleepovers. http://allersac.com/why_allersac.html.
Bring your child’s shampoo and body wash and don’t try the ones in the hotel. It’s not worth it if your child is sensitive to chemicals. It’s best to keep the same routine with the same products.
Research where you would take your child if there is a bad eczema flare. Is there a convenient care or emergency room close to your hotel? Is there a pharmacy close by to pick-up a prescription or an over the counter cream/emollient? It’s nice to know this information in case your cell phone has spotty service or your hotel charges for Wifi.
Keep in mind that bleach baths in a hotel can be helpful to prevent infection. Bleach is easily accessible at most grocery stores and convenience stores. Always talk to your child’s doctor before administering a bleach bath.
If your child experiences a flare while traveling don’t wait to treat it. Eczema can become infected in humid climates so the faster you start treatment the better.
If your child has food allergies, pack some allergy friendly snacks. Eczema can flare from ingesting allergens such as dairy, gluten, soy, etc. Airport food is the worst and healthy, allergy friendly snacks are virtually non-existent. This is the same if you are on the road - truck stops and gas stations rarely have allergy friendly foods so stock-up if you are driving. It's no fun having a hungry child with food allergies.
At AD RescueWear, we wish you happy traveling and fun with your family. We also hope you have minimal eczema!
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