What steps can I take at home to control my child's eczema?

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Lawrence T. Chiaramonte, MD
Allergy & Immunology
Here are some tips on housekeeping if you have a child with eczema:

  • Avoid using soaps on the skin -- especially affected areas. Use cleansers such as Cetaphil when possible. Dove Soap, which used to be a fairly allergy-friendly soap, came out with a "hypoallergenic" version, but it contained, of all things, almond oil, which is a terrible thing for a child with allergies.
  • When doing laundry, avoid using fabric softeners or strong detergents.
  • Wash clothes a second time without detergents.
  • Dress your child in cotton clothes and use cotton sheets on her bed.
  • On very hot days, discourage your child from too much strenuous activity. Sweat, like warm water, will dehydrate the skin when it evaporates, causing a rash we sometime refer to as "prickly heat," particularly in the front of the elbows and on the skin of the throat.
  • If your infant is already scratching himself, you can slip cotton socks over his hands to keep from scratching.
  • Keep your baby's fingernails short.
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