CHILDREN WITH ATOPIC DERMATITIS
AND SLEEP PROBLEMS

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Dry itchy atopic-prone skin causes sleep problems in 90% of children with atopic dermatitis. Lack of sleep due to dry itchy eczema can have a real impact on everyday life with children suffering from concentration problems and irritability. Luckily, there are things you can do to help your child get a better night’s sleep:

• Keep the bedroom cool and use cotton sheets and pyjamas to avoid overheating
• Try turning your child’s pyjamas inside out to avoid any scratchy seams or labels.
• Adopt a specific night time routine: Bathtime before bed using a soap substitute such as LIPIKAR Syndet AP+ followed up by an emollient.
• An emollient created specifically for atopic eczema-prone skin such as LIPIKAR Baume AP+ can help reduce itching sensations and improve your child’s sleep quality.
• Make sure your child has LIPIKAR Stick AP+ by his or her bed to defuse any itching attacks during the night.

HOW ATOPIC-PRONE SKIN AFFECTS CHILDREN’S SLEEP

Dry itchy atopic dermatitis effects can affect different stages of sleep:

Falling asleep: Children usually doze off within 30 minutes while children with atopic skin take up to double that time.
Waking up at night: Children with normal skin tend to wake up just once a night, whereas this figure rises to 3-4 times in children with atopic dermatitis.
Getting back to sleep: Without atopic eczema, children are able to get back to sleep within 20 minutes whereas this time extends far longer in children suffering from atopic dermatitis.
Sleep efficiency: Children are usually asleep for 85% of time in bed. For kids with atopic eczema-prone skin, this figure drops to under 75%.

HOW DO ATOPIC DERMATITIS EFFECTS
AND LACK OF SLEEP AFFECT CHILDREN IN THEIR DAILY LIVES?

Atopic-prone skin affect every aspect of children’s sleep and this has a knock-on effect on several aspects of their everyday lives. Beyond feeling tired, 87% feel irritated and have mood swings the day after a bad night. This can last, with 80% feeling restless for the whole day after. 42% cannot concentrate properly the next day, which clearly has the potential to impact on progress at school.

But don’t panic – Read on to discover our tips to improving sleep quality for children with very dry skin condition.

HOW TO HELP A CHILD WITH ATOPIC-PRONE SKIN

1All of the statistics in this article are taken from the following 2 studies:
Impact of Atopic Dermatitis on Health-Related Quality of Life in Spanish Children and Adults: The PSEDA Study, 323 patients
Disease severity, scratching, and sleep quality in patients with atopic dermatitis, Bruce G Bender, 20 patients

GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP

In atopic dermatitis, there are plenty of things you can do to improve your child’s chance of having a restful night:

Keep the room cool. That means turning the heating down in winter and leaving the window open in summer. This will help prevent your child from sweating, which can make itching worse.
Amp up the humidity. Using a humidifier in your child’s room will create a more humid environment to help stop skin from drying out, making it less itchy.
Cut out junk food. Studies have shown that processed food high in sugar can increase itching. Opt for natural, healthy snacks, especially before bed.
• Though it may be tempting when you’re at your wit’s end, try to avoid climbing into bed with your child. This will just make the bed hotter and make them more likely to itch.
• Use cotton sheets and pyjamas which will help keep your child cool and let his or her skin breathe to reduce sweating.
• Try turning your child’s pyjamas inside out to avoid any scratchy seams or labels.
• Keep to a bedtime routine that is adapted to your child’s skin’s needs. A good routine starts with a bath or shower using a soap substitute such as LIPIKAR Syndet AP+.
• Always apply a rich emollient after washing and before bed. LIPIKAR Baume AP+ instantly and lastingly soothes atopic eczema-prone skin and spaces out flare-ups of intense dryness. Using it before bed will make your child much less likely to itch during the night, which will in turn help everyone enjoy a refreshing night’s sleep!
• Make sure your child has LIPIKAR Stick AP+ by the bed so he or she can grab it during any overnight wake-ups and stop itching in its tracks!

To read about the clinical trial carried out by La Roche-Posay, proving that a specific atopic eczema-prone daily care routine before bed can reduce itching and scratching by half, click HERE

For tips on how to help your child resist the urge to scratch, click HERE

 

Want advice from a sleep specialist to help get your child to sleep? Try HERE 

 

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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