ECZEMA IN CHILDREN:
SMART BATHING TIPS CAN SOOTHE ATOPIC SKIN

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Bath time is critical for children with atopic dermatitis. Harsh soap, too-hot water, and zealous scrubbing can trigger eczema flare-ups. To reduce outbreaks, ensure that water is not too hot or too cold, add a softening oil, use soap-free cleanser, wash and dry skin gently, and apply eczema cream.

5 SMART BATHING TIPS TO HELP RELIEVE YOUR CHILD’S ATOPIC ECZEMA

Follow these steps at bathtime to reduce eczema triggers

A few simple steps can help to relieve the misery of skin rashes that itch and transform bathtime into a time of bonding, play and fun!

1. Make sure the bath is the ideal temperature

Water that is too hot can be drying and cause skin rashes that itch. Water that is too cold will only end in tears. The ‘Goldilocks’ bath temperature is between 32-34 degrees, ideal for maintaining cutaneous balance.

2. Soften the water

The harder your water, the greater the risk of triggering a new eczema flare-up. Try to limit time spent in the bath to around 15 minutes. If necessary, add several drops of softening oil to the water. Looking for a recommendation? Try LIPIKAR Huile Lavante AP+ .

3. Choose suitable cleansers

Soap is the enemy of atopic skin. This is because its high pH irritates the epidermis. Consequently, it damages the hydrolipidic film that protects the skin against external stresses. Avoid products that contain soap and instead choose cleansing products specially formulated for eczema-prone skin such as LIPIKAR Syndet AP+.

4. Gently wash, gently dry

Washcloths and flannels can irritate the skin, and they may also harbour germs and other irritants. Use your fingertips to gently work the cleanser into a lather on your little one’s skin before rinsing thoroughly. Pat your child dry with a clean, soft towel. Avoid rubbing and take care not to leave any wet areas of skin.

5. Apply an atopic eczema cream

After bathing and drying, lightly massage in a lipid-replenishing skin cream. Pay special attention to irritated areas of atopic eczema on face, hands, elbows, and the backs of the knees. Applying a specialised eczema toddler treatment will alleviate itching due to eczema on the face, hands or body and help your little one to sleep through the night.

 

EXPERT BATHTIME PRODUCTS
FOR INFANTS AND CHILDREN WITH ATOPIC SKIN

La Roche-Posay Laboratory has formulated a range of gentle products perfectly suited for eczema-prone skin.

  • LIPIKAR Syndet AP+  is a gentle, soap-free cleanser that soothes atopic-prone skin, preserves the cutaneous barrier and helps reduce severe dryness.
  • LIPIKAR Huile Lavante AP+ is a hypoallergenic, lipid-replenishing cleansing oil that helps to rebalance the microbiome and protect skin against the drying effects of hard water.
  • LIPKAR Baume AP+  is a lipid-replenishing balm that contains Aqua Posae Filiformis, a patented active ingredient that acts on both the microbiome and the cutaneous barrier. Its dual action immediately alleviates itching, and also decreases the frequency of atopic eczema flare-ups and bouts of severe dryness, resulting in longer-lasting skin relief.

Does your child’s eczema itch at night? Click HERE for a guide to eczema care at bedtime.

Worried about how your kids will manage their eczema during the long school day? Click HERE for a quick expert guide.

TRUE
OR FALSE

ECZEMA FLARE-UPS CAN
BE TRIGGERED BY STRESS.

TRUE

We can’t explain why,but experts have acknowledged that emotions, shock and stress can play asignificant role in triggering eczema flare-ups. However, atopic dermatitis is also known to be a genetic disorder. If stress is a trigger for you, look into stress management techniques such as mindfulness.
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CAN DIET
AGGRAVATE ECZEMA?

TRUE

Certain foods can actas eczema triggers and cause flare-ups. If you think food may be an aggravatingfactor for eczema in you or your child, see a doctor as they can run bloodtests and skin prick tests to see if you are allergic to different foods (the usualsuspects are peanuts, milk, soy, wheat,fish and egg).
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ATOPIC DERMATITIS
DISAPPEARS OVER TIME.

TRUE

Depending onthe child, atopic dermatitis can last between a few months or years. Half ofchildren with atopic eczema as babies are cured by the age of five. In some cases, atopic eczema persists into adulthood, but this is impossible to predict. Thereis no definitive cure for eczema, but it can be managed with the right treatment.
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ATOPIC DERMATITIS
CAN BE CONTAGIOUS.

FALSE

Atopic dermatitis or eczema is a genetic disease and is in no way contagious. The treatment for atopic dermatitis symptoms is based on soap substitutes, emollients and topical corticosteroids.
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