Firstly, if your child begins to develop a skin condition, always consult a doctor first. They will be able to diagnose the problem and give necessary medication. However, the medication, especially skin creams in the form of steroids, should be used only very sparingly and to get rid of the initial flare-up. They are not an on-going form of meditation.
Step 1 - If your child's eczema is characterized by very dry skin, prone to itching, make sure to keep the skin well moisturized. Your doctor may give you creams for this. It is worth bearing in mind that not all creams are conducive with all skin types, so if you find a cream is irritating the skin then try something else.
Step 2 - Try to use non-biological detergents when washing clothes. These more gentle detergents will be softer on the skin and should not irritate sensitive skin. Similarly, try to go for soaps that are non-perfumed as these can also aggravate eczema.
Step 3 - Go for cotton based clothing, 100% cotton. Research has shown that cotton is one of the best materials for eczema and sensitive skin. Materials to avoid are polyester and sometimes wool, if there is an allergy present.
Step 4 - Eczema is exacerbated by scratching and touching the affected areas. It will be very difficult, but try as much as you can to stop your child from constantly rubbing and scratching the skin. Keeping your toddler's nail short can help with this.
Step 5 - Many forms of toddler eczema are attributed to the child having allergies to substances such as dust, animal dander and certain foods. Having you child take an allergy test can help you determine the allergies and eliminate them from every-day life. These tests known as "skin prick tests" are very common and can be performed at your local doctor's surgery. There is little pain involved, if any.
There are many ways to prevent flare-ups of eczema and the key formula is knowing what causes the flare-ups. The skin prick test or keeping a diary of when the eczema occurs or worsens can give you an insight into this. For more tried and tested methods to treat and prevent toddler eczema, continue to Remedy For eczema.