Ask an expert: What's the best way to deal with my young child's eczema?


My 12-month-old son’s just been diagnosed with eczema – why does it happen, and what’s the easiest way to keep him comfortable, without disrupting family life too much?

Andrew Proctor, chief executive of the National Eczema Society (, says: “Eczema affects up to one in five children in the UK and often starts soon after birth. There are various forms of eczema, but the inherited kind is called eczema“>atopic eczema. Atopy is where the body’s immune system overreacts to things that wouldn’t normally harm us. Other atopic conditions that may run in the family are asthma and hay fever.

“Eczema can be mild, with occasional inflamed patches, through to severe symptoms where most of the skin is affected and is inflamed, cracked and intensely itchy. Children with eczema have very dry skin that allows irritants and allergens to penetrate, triggering eczema flare-ups.

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.Update your settings here to see it.

“The most important thing is to use an emollient for your son’s routine skin care. Emollients are medical moisturisers and should be provided on prescription by your GP. There are lots of emollients to choose from if you buy these independently. You’ll probably need to try a few before finding one that works best.

“Emollients are crucial to soothe and protect dry, damaged, itchy and inflamed skin, helping to repair the skin barrier. You should apply them morning and night if the eczema’s mild, and more frequently if the eczema is moderate or severe and during a flare-up.

“Identifying and avoiding the triggers that can lead to a sudden bout of itching and eczema flare-ups will also help. Common eczema triggers for infants include changes in room/body temperature, exposure to dust, pollen and moulds, shampoos and bubble baths, and wool and synthetic fabrics.


”Eczema itch can be relentless and unbearable. It’s important to find ways of helping your son reduce the urge to scratch, which can damage skin and make the eczema worse. Using sleep mitts at night can be useful, and distraction through games and stories can help him take his mind off his itchy skin.

“Eczema can put a huge strain on family life and leave parents feeling they’re failing their child, as they can’t make it go away. Throw in exhaustion from disturbed sleep, caring for siblings and juggling a career and it can become overwhelming. That’s why we always tell parents it’s vital to take time for themselves and to practice self-care, so they’re in a better place to handle the challenges eczema presents.”

Internet Explorer Channel Network
News Related


China's Xi faces resistance to property-tax plan - WSJ

© Reuters/CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS FILE PHOTO: Meeting commemorating 110th anniversary of Xinhai Revolution in Beijing (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping is facing resistance over a nationwide property tax aimed ... Read more »

Taiwan foreign minister, business delegation to visit Prague

© Reuters/ANN WANG FILE PHOTO: Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu attends a news conference in Taipei PRAGUE (Reuters) – Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu and a business delegation will visit ... Read more »

When Kishore Kumar went bald to avoid a role: Gulzar in new book

© Provided by Khaleej Times When Kishore Kumar went bald to avoid a role: Gulzar in new book He had a reputation for doing crazy things, but no one expected ... Read more »

'The Great' Season 2 Trailer Sees Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult Battling for Power

© Hulu Season 2 of The Great is upon us, and so is anarchy as a pregnant Catherine (Elle Fanning) battles her husband Peter (Nicholas Hoult) for control over Russia. ... Read more »

Kangana Ranaut on why 'Dhaakad' is best suited for the big screen

© Provided by Khaleej Times Kangana Ranaut on why ‘Dhaakad’ is best suited for the big screen Dhaakad, a high-octane spy thriller featuring Kangana Ranaut as Agent Agni, a pilot ... Read more »

Apollo aims to double its asset under management to $1 trillion by 2026

© Reuters/Kevork Djansezian FILE PHOTO: Marc Rowan takes part in a panel discussion in Beverly Hills (Reuters) – Apollo Global Management Inc said on Tuesday it expected its assets under ... Read more »

Amazon and Ikea in zero-carbon shipping pledge

© Getty Images Nine big companies including Amazon, Ikea and Unilever have pledged to only move cargo on ships using zero-carbon fuel by 2040. They say the “aggressive” target will ... Read more »

Man Utd vs Atalanta preview: Fred, Cavani available

Team news and stats ahead of Manchester United vs Atalanta in the Champions League group stage on Wednesday; kick-off 8pm. Team news Anthony Martial remains unavailable for Manchester United, although ... Read more »

Potters Corner set for return to action at Aintree Racecourse

Christian Williams will use Potters Corner’s seasonal return at Aintree Racecourse on Sunday as a fact-finding mission for what the season may hold. The 11-year-old is among the current 15 ... Read more »

Toto Wolff has said he's confident Hamilton & Russell will not repeat Lewis/Nico issues

Toto Wolff has said that he is not worried about the dynamic that will be generated between Lewis Hamilton and George Russell causing any issues for the Mercedes team. © ... Read more »

Green Brigade unveil anti-Uefa banner before Ferencvaros clash as Celtic fans rail against kick-off time

The Green Brigade unveiled a banner hitting out at Uefa ahead of their side’s Europa League clash with Ferencvaros. © Celtic fans display a banner against Uefa prior to their ... Read more »

Brazilian footballer banned for two years after kicking referee in the head

A Brazilian footballer has been banned from the sport for two years after he attacked a referee and kicked him in the head during a match earlier this month. William Ribeiro ... Read more »

Leeds United-linked Cantwell could move for free despite £40m valuation

Todd Cantwell, who was heavily linked with a Leeds over the summer could move away from Norwich for free in order to fulfil his hopes of a move. © Provided by ... Read more »

FIFA 22 Black Friday Event: Start Date, SBCs, Packs, Best Of TOTW and Everything You Need To Know

The Black Friday event comes every year in FIFA and we have all the information you need to know surrounding the annual occasion. © GiveMeSport Here’s everything you need to ... Read more »

‘Flip a game in a matter of minutes' – Sheffield United's squad depth assessed ahead of Millwall

© Provided by Football League World Championship – Sheffield United v Stoke City David McGoldrick and Lys Mousset changed the course of the match as second half substitutes in Sheffield ... Read more »

The easy way to make contactless payments by mobile phone

Nearly one in six Brits (16% of us) have registered to make contactless payments using their smartphones or smartwatches, instead of using a debit or credit card. © Tim Robberts ... Read more »

Refugee family settling in Peterborough, Ont., after long journey from Afghanistan

PETERBOROUGH — Parwaiz Hamidy’s two young sons are all smiles as they rush down a slide at a park in Peterborough, Ont. © Provided by The Canadian Press The boys ... Read more »

City workers slam Health Department for unsafe return-to-work policies

About 1,000 New York City Health Department employees have signed an eight-page letter to DOH Commissioner Dave Chokshi. REUTERS/David ‘Dee’ Delgado About 1,000 New York City Health Department employees have ... Read more »

The best watch trends of 2021: green dials, diamonds and pastel faces

Jonathon Kambouris; Arthur Belebeau Sweet treats: Indulge with pastel timepieces that take the cake Prop Stylist: Miako Katoh; Photo by Jonathon Kambouris CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Piaget Possession watch in steel ... Read more »

Your Instagram has a hidden ‘reject folder' filled with people who ignored you

Instagram lets you see all of the friend requests you’ve sent that haven’t been answered. SOPA Images/LightRocket via Gett Your Instagram has a secret “rejection folder” that reveals people who ... Read more »

You Need a Dutch Oven—But It Doesn't Need to Cost $300

© Photo by Chelsie Craig There was a moment I knew. I knew my Dutch oven was as necessary in my life as my collection of seasonally-appropriate bathrobes. The moment ... Read more »

‘Survivor: Fiji' contestant Michelle Yi stabbed by homeless woman

Former “Survivor” contestant Michelle Yi was stabbed and beaten by a homeless woman last week. CBS via Getty Images There was a time when being on “Survivor” meant being sent ... Read more »

Trump Tramples on Colin Powell's Grave in Blistering Statement: ‘A Classic RINO … But Anyway, May He Rest in Peace!'

Former President Donald Trump attacked Colin Powell the day after the former Secretary of State’s passing. © Provided by Mediaite It’s been one day since Powell’s family announced his death ... Read more »

Jayapal vows infrastructure, reconciliation bills will pass following talks

“At the end of the day, we have to deliver both these bills, the infrastructure bill and Build Back Better Act, to the president’s desk,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal explained. J. ... Read more »

9 Best weight benches you can buy in 2021

WEIGHT benches are a key piece of equipment in any good home gym. The best weight benches are seriously versatile piece of equipment that allows you to work out almost ... Read more »

Messages show plane operator knew pilot was not qualified to fly, court told

Messages reveal the operator of a plane who is on trial over organising the flight that crashed and killed footballer Emiliano Sala, knew the pilot he had hired was not ... Read more »

Woman stabs husband and tells police ‘I admit it all', footage shows

Footage showing a retired accountant telling police she hoped her “bullying” husband could not be saved after she stabbed him to death – before asking officers to fetch her coat ... Read more »

Investment in clean cars, home heating and tree planting under climate plans

More money for electric cars, on-street charging points and planting trees has been unveiled as part of efforts to drive down climate-warming emissions. The Government has published its long-awaited “net ... Read more »

'I should've stabbed him more', wife accused of husband's murder said on arrest

Footage of Penelope Jackson‘s arrest A woman accused of murdering her husband said she “should have stabbed him more” as she was arrested, a court has heard. Penelope Jackson, 66, ... Read more »

3,994 new COVID cases in Singapore, 7 more deaths

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday (19 October) confirmed 3,994 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore – bringing the country’s total case count to 154,725 – as well ... Read more »

Army closes investigation into Chino soldier's slaying

The U.S. Army has closed an investigation into the killing of a paratrooper from California whose head was found severed from his body, according to Rep. Norma Torres, who is ... Read more »

A Florida restaurant chain says staff got bigger tips after it hired a $1,000-a-month robot to carry plates

© Sergio’s Restaurant A Servi robot in Sergio’s Restaurant. Sergio’s Restaurant A Florida restaurant chain says staff got bigger tips after it hired a robot to help out, The NYT ... Read more »

TikToker Zoe Laverne says she sold photos of her new baby to pay for hospital care, after almost dying during childbirth

© Photo by Mary Clavering/Young Hollywood/Getty Images Zoe Laverne, 20, gave birth to her baby this month. Photo by Mary Clavering/Young Hollywood/Getty Images 20-year-old TikToker Zoe Laverne gave birth to ... Read more »

China's reported hypersonic weapon test raises security concerns

Reports that China may have tested a new hypersonic weapon have grabbed the world’s attention and divided national security experts about its strategic significance and whether the U.S. was falling ... Read more »

The Best Ways to Redeem Miles to Fly on an A380

MSN has partnered with The Points Guy for our coverage of credit card products. MSN and The Points Guy may receive a commission from card issuers. After more than a ... Read more »

How Climate Change Could Help Modernize Rural America

By Hillary A. Brown and Daniel R. Brooks, The Conversation © Provided by The Daily Beast Josh Berendes/Unsplash Southern Italy’s rural Calabria region announced an innovative project in 2021 to ... Read more »

McGoldrick starts: The predicted Sheffield United XI to face Millwall tonight

© Provided by Football League World Championship – Hull City v Sheffield United Sheffield United will look to make it back-to-back wins when they take on Millwall at Bramall Lane ... Read more »

This is to test Spreaker on FBIA

The transfer window is closed. Happy with what the Reds have done? In every transfer window, while I of course look at and appreciate what other teams are doing with ... Read more »

Moscow orders fresh virus restrictions as deaths soar

Moscow’s mayor on Tuesday ordered the city’s first coronavirus restrictions since the summer, as Russia registered 1,015 daily COVID deaths, a new record. © Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV Moscow announced restrictions from ... Read more »

‘Can see the owners taking a real shine to him' – Why Newcastle United are eyeing Wayne Rooney appointment

© Provided by Football League World Championship – Derby County v Swansea City Derby County boss Wayne Rooney is the latest man to be linked with replacing Steve Bruce at ... Read more »