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Atopic dermatitis in children: tips

The following tips will help you in dealing with children with neurodermatitis:

Itching in atopic dermatitis

Infants and toddlers with neurodermatitis, in particular, can often hardly be stopped from scratching themselves. Pathogens such as bacteria can easily penetrate the resulting wounds and trigger an infection. To prevent this from happening, babies and toddlers with eczema should stay at night Cotton gloves wear. Fix the gloves on the wrists with adhesive plaster. So they can't get lost at night.

Alternatively, you can have one for your child Neurodermatitis overall to get. It is provided with sewn caps on the sleeves.

Also, consider the little ones Cut fingernails short regularly. This prevents your child from scratching themselves, which would encourage a skin infection.

It is also best to do the little ones well before bed to apply cream. However, many children do not like this very much and the daily routine becomes a strenuous procedure for both parents and child. Therefore try to make the lotion as comfortable as possible. Massage the child or tell a story and incorporate the cream. You can also draw letters, numbers and figures on the skin and the offspring has to guess. Or turn up the favorite song loudly for older children. In this way, the little patient combines the creaming with positive memories.

In summer, the itching from heat and sweating is often particularly severe. Put the lotion in the refrigerator - many patients find this pleasant.

Try with too Stroking against the itching: Gently stroke the child's itchy skin. Sometimes it also helps to rub the skin lightly on another (unaffected) part of the body. This can distract the little ones from the itching.

Cool envelopes (no ice!) can also relieve the itching. For more treatment tips, see Neurodermatitis: Treatment.

The right clothes

Use on children with eczema only Clothing made from soft, skin-friendly material like cotton or viscose. This also applies to scarves and stockings. The skin on the neck and legs of many children with neurodermatitis is particularly sensitive.

It also makes sense if the Garments white or at least light-colored are. Then they reflect the sunlight. This means that the little ones don't get warm so easily - heat can increase the itching. In addition, there are often a lot of dyes in dark clothing. These can also irritate sensitive skin.

Sweating, which can aggravate the itching, can also be avoided if the clothing consists of several thin layers instead of a few thick layers ("Onion look"). This makes it easier to adapt to the outside temperature.

The Sleeping clothes in children with neurodermatitis should be closed up to the neck. The fewer areas of skin that are exposed, the lower the risk that children will scratch themselves while they sleep. At the same time, the sleeping clothes should be made of a light material so that the itching does not get worse from too much heat. For the same reason, you should only bring the child with one light duvet cover up and make sure that the Bedroom not too warm is.

Always wash clothes and laundry before using for the first time.

A lot of understanding and care

Due to the excruciating itchiness, atopic dermatitis makes babies and children difficult to cope with. The little patients often have no other way of expressing their discomfort and complaints than by screaming and restlessness. So be patient with the little ones.

Neurodermatitis in children (and the elderly) not only causes physical complaints - the soul also suffers. The constant itching can be very stressful psychologically. In addition, some children are sometimes teased by their playmates because of their skin infections. This puts additional strain on the child's soul.

So give your atopic dermatitis child a lot of understanding and care. You can also contact other people affected or join a self-help group. This is how your child learns that they are not alone with their illness.

Knowing relaxation techniques for yourself and your child can also help.

Family life with neurodermatitis

Healthy siblings may feel that they are receiving too little attention from their parents. So take enough “neurodermatitis-free time” for the other family members.

Your child's neurodermatitis must not become their personality trait. Even if the disease requires a lot of attention, your child should still learn that there are other things that make them up. Above all, don't let scratching become a means of pressure! Some atopic dermatitis children quickly learn that scratching will bring them to the attention of the grown-ups. Don't respond with full care every time your child scratches. Otherwise, your child will try to get their way through constant scratching.

Another tip for taking care of small patients Atopic dermatitis: baby and toddlers often cannot sleep at night due to the itching and start screaming or crying. Parents should take turns getting up and looking after the child. In this way, the mother and the father alternately get longer sleep.