It’s getting hotter in Qatar, summer is almost here. The phase of changing weather is always bad for Maqeel’s skin. He started scratching his legs again. Why? is his eczema’s back?
What I have done to prevent more irritation was usually to give him a teaspoon of Shaklee mealshake (mix with his milk) per day. Then externally apply Shaklee herbal blend to lock in moisture in his skin. I can see some improvement.. He used to be worst. His cheeks was always red and rough, but after few weeks on mealshake, it isn’t that red and scratchy anymore. His legs has become less scaly, yup you read that right.. i said scaly as in scale like the one for fishes. But thankfully according to his Doctor, his eczema is mild, meaning it is easier to prevent for irritation.
What is eczema? What causes eczema? How common is eczema?
According to baby center: eczema which also called topic dermatitis, is a skin rash that usually appears before age 5.In babies it tends to show up on the cheeks and scalp, but it may spread to the arms, legs, chest, or other parts of the body. After a child’s first year, it’s most likely to show up on the insides of the elbows, the backs of the knees, the wrists, and the ankles, but it can also appear elsewhere.
The rash might look like dry, thickened, scaly skin, or it might be made up of tiny red bumps that ooze or become infected if scratched. Scratching can also cause thickened, darkened, or scarred skin over time.
Eczema typically comes and goes. It isn’t contagious, but because it’s intensely itchy, it can be very uncomfortable, and scratching can be a problem. If untreated, the rash can be unsightly, so it may present a social challenge for a child, too.
No one knows for sure what causes it, but the tendency to have eczema is often inherited. So your child is more likely to have it if you or a close family member has had eczema, asthma, or allergies.
Eczema is not an allergic reaction to a substance, but allergens or irritants in the environment (such as pollen or cigarette smoke) can trigger it. Less frequently, it can be triggered by allergens in your child’s diet – or in your diet if your child is breastfeeding.
The rash can also be aggravated by heat, irritants that come in contact with the skin (like wool or the chemicals in some soaps, fragrances, lotions, and detergents), changes in temperature, and dry skin. Stress can also trigger a flare-up of eczema.
About 20 percent of babies and young children have eczema. It usually starts in infancy, with 65 percent of patients developing symptoms in the first year of life and 90 percent developing symptoms before age 5.
There’s no way to know ahead of time whether a child will outgrow eczema, but fortunately the condition usually becomes less severe with age. Many children outgrow eczema by age 2, and many others outgrow it by adulthood.
Taking good care of your child’s skin and avoiding triggers can help treat and prevent flare-ups.
As per Maqeel’s case, his doctor recommended Cetaphil instead of any of the usual baby bath soap. She claims it is better for sensitive skin as his. Soap can cause dryness in skin, dryness can be the trigger for itchiness. Through reading, I also learnt that warm water also cause dryness compare to lukewarm.
I have read another tips to use Shaklee all natural cleanser, but i haven’t try it yet. If I ever do, will share my own experience here.
Rapid changes in temperature can also make eczema worse, so try not to let your child get too hot and then cool quickly, or vice versa.
There are many other tips that you can try to prevent irritation for your child. i was lucky that Maqeel’s case isn’t that bad. But still, it irritates me. Thanks to Shaklee mealshake, he is now way better than he was few months ago.
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