Self-help: Managing Eczema in Children

Parents play an important role in managing eczema in their children, and the following measures may help to control symptoms and to keep your child comfortable.

  • Avoid perfumed skin products.

  • Wash your child with emollient cream instead of soap.

  • Bathe your child at least once a day using moisturizing bath oil.

  • After washing, moisturize your child’s skin with a chilled emollient cream.

  • Use prescribed corticosteroid ointments regularly on the affected areas of skin.

  • If your child scratches, make sure his or her fingernails are cut short and he or she wears cotton mittens at night.

From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.

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