It is difficult to see our kids suffer from the flu or stomach bug. If your child has a problem with dermatitis, that is also not easy to watch. This is due to the fact that not only are there bumps that are unslightly, but the sensation of itching can drive a child into crying fits. It isn’t always possible to know the source of the dermatitis. The easiest cause is when it’s due to contact eczema with a product or food that can be eliminated. For some people this means they may need to give away the family pet or change the personal care products.
Until the culprits are identified or the problem is controlled, one of the most important tasks for a parent is to help your child relieve the itching. The itching during the night can cause insomnia, scratching during one’s sleep and hours of misery. Speak with your doctor about the appropriate antihistamine for your child’s condition. With increased sleep, the mood and disposition will also improve. Many people take a non-drowsy formula during the day during seasonal allergies to avoid swelling and itching. For those with dermatitis, taking a daytime anti-itch medication can make a huge difference.
Applying lubricating mositurizers during the day is important as well. Your child may not remember to do this during school. If possible, speak to the teacher to help remind your child to add some layer of moisturizer after lunch to help the skin stay hydrated. Additionally, inform the teacher that your child does not have a contagious disease so that other kids will not tease or mock your child.
If your child appears to have a form of contact dermatitis, investigate what in the home or at school may be contributing to the problem. What does your child do during recess and are there any environmental factors that may be touching the skin and creating an allergic reaction? Look around your home as well, check the products used for bathing and cleaning plus investigate any jewelry or other items that may cause an allergic response.
Spend some extra time with your child to help them feel special and make sure to let them know that you’re working as hard as you can to identify the underlying causes of the skin disorder.