Managing Your Child's Eczema in the Winter

More than 31 million people in the United States suffer from eczema, many of them children. If your child has the itchy, inflamed skin associated with eczema, winter can be a tough time. 

Cold, dry air and indoor heating aggravate eczema, so your child may need a little extra skin care. Dr. Margaret Lubega and our team at First Pediatric Care Center want you and your child to have a happy winter season without major eczema complications.

Follow these recommendations when it comes to caring for your child’s eczema this winter.

Keep bath water warm

It may be cold outside, but don’t turn up the heat on your child’s bath. Warm water keeps your child comfortable, but hot water is drying and aggravating to eczema.

Keep these baths brief, too. Don’t let your child hang out and play for more than 15 minutes or you risk drying out their skin and causing an eczema flare-up.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize

Apply moisturizer as soon as your child gets out of the tub. Dr. Lubega can recommend one that is thick and nourishing for sensitive skin. She may also recommend an ointment, which can be even more hydrating and less irritating.

It’s important that this emollient get to your child’s skin within three minutes of leaving the bath.  Moisturize after handwashing and showers, too, and before bed.

Moisturize prior to applying any eczema medication.

Dress for the weather

Your child should be warm, but not so warm that they overheat. Layers are best, so you can add and subtract clothing as their temperature changes.

Use breathable fabrics like 100% cotton. Synthetics and wool can cause eczema to flare up.

Heat the house mindfully

Of course you want to keep your house warm, but settle on a temperature that doesn’t overheat your child. Discourage them from sitting close to heating vents, fireplaces, or radiators. The direct heat irritates the skin. Get a humidifier if the air in your home, especially in your child’s room, becomes too dry.

Play in the snow smartly

Again, dress your child warmly, but be mindful of not causing them to overheat with too many layers. Use mittens or gloves made of a natural fiber. If there’s snow and your child gets wet, remove their clothes and shoes right away when they come inside. Trade the winter wear for soft, comfortable indoor clothes.

Stick to the routine

If your child has an eczema medication, apply it as directed. Dr. Lubega might recommend occlusion in the winter months. This involves applying your child’s medication and then covering it with a bandage or plastic to help with absorption.

If your child suffers from eczema, know they will likely grow out of it as they reach adolescence and adulthood. If they don’t, the habits you help them create in childhood will serve them well as they manage eczema symptoms throughout their life.

Regardless of the severity of your child’s eczema, Dr. Lubega and the team at First Pediatric Care Center are ready to help. If you have questions about moisturizers, over-the-counter medications, and products, such as laundry detergent and household cleaners, and how they affect your child’s skin health, don’t hesitate to call the office.

Contact our office in Gastonia, North Carolina today, or use the online tool to schedule an appointment.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Three Health Benefits of Circumcision

If you’re the proud parent of a newborn boy, you have to decide whether to have him circumcised. The process of cutting the foreskin to expose the head of the penis has a number of health benefits.

Understanding the Benefits of Childhood Vaccinations

Vaccines are one of the most important preventive care measures you can take for your child. They stop devastating diseases from affecting your child and the community as a whole. Here’s why you should prioritize childhood vaccinations.

Five Causes of Hives in Kids

It can be scary and concerning when your child breaks out in hives. The itchy red patches of skin can burn and cover large areas of the body. Here are some reasons your child may be developing hives and what you should do about them.

How to Prevent Eczema Flare-ups

The itchy, dry skin of eczema is prevalent among children. If your child suffers, you want to make them as comfortable as possible. Here’s how to help your child avoid serious flare-ups and keep eczema at bay.

What to Do About a Spider Bite

A spider bite is usually a minor injury, even in a small child. Here’s how to take care of the bite and when to be concerned about symptoms.