Soothing the Itch of Eczema

Be sure your child drinks plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated. Hydration helps fight eczema from the inside out.

For children with eczema, colder weather can lead to breakouts and flares. When the air is cold and dry, skin has a hard time staying hydrated. And while eczema flares are common this time of year, there are ways to help manage the symptoms.

Here are a few ways to soothe your child’s eczema symptoms, even when the temperatures drop:

1. Be Gentle

When it comes to soaps, lotions and detergents, look for gentle products that are free of fragrances, dyes and alcohol.

2. Keep Baths Short

Keep baths short and the water warm—never hot. And always apply a thick moisturizer to your child’s skin after bathing.

3. Mind the Heat

Thanks to indoor heating, the air inside can be as dry as the air outside. Keep the air moist with a humidifier. Be sure to clean the humidifier each day to keep germs from growing.

4. Dress for Comfort

Rough fabrics can irritate the skin. Stick to soft fabrics like cotton.

5. Stay Hydrated

When the body is hydrated, so is the skin. Make sure your child is drinking plenty of water throughout the day.

Candace Howell, MD, is a pediatrician with Davidson Clinic.