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The impact of skin eczema on your child and on the family

The impact of skin eczema on your child and on the family

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Dr Batra’s™

“My 3-year-old child has always had quite severe eczema symptoms, and I think I have always treated her gently because I feel sorry for her condition. However, my family says that she is just spoilt and that I have made a rod for my own back. I find it hard to be firm with her and it is really difficult for me to handle the situation. It does cause arguments with my husband too. I don’t know how to handle this.”

This is how Priya explains her situation of tackling her daughters’ skin problem eczema. While everyone knows someone with eczema skin disease, it is even more difficult to deal with the condition when it affects children. Although many people think that the main problem with skin eczema is itching and scratching, the full impact of the condition is hidden.

Eczema can affect many areas of family life: sleeping, eating, going on a holiday, sending your kid to school, your child’s behavior, and your relationship with your partner.

Also Read: Eczema triggers you must avoid

Your relationship with your child suffering from eczema skin disease

The discomfort caused by itching and the constant effort to overcome the desire to scratch drains the energy of the child over time. Because of which they are often irritable and appear slightly ‘on edge’ all the time, except when they are distracted by interested things happening around.

You can certainly relate with this condition if you are a parent to a kid suffering from eczema. You may feel you are in a state of constant watchfulness – never quite able to relax and always having to think and plan ahead to manage the eczema symptoms. Rather than being able to react spontaneously you may feel you have to do everything planned and organized way. All sorts of environmental situations may affect your child which others would not even consider. For example, a hot room, or a house with pets, outside food, or even something like going on a holiday can trigger eczema symptoms in your child.

On the one hand, you have to try and treat the child as normally as possible, and on the other hand, you do have to be sensitive to the child’s additional needs as a result of his or her eczema.

Also Read: Does eczema flare up in summer? Control it.

Children do not have the ability or the sense to know what is best for them. They think in a very short-term way and tend to respond to what feels at the present moment. Children are also very determined and they are not inhibited by the social embarrassment that we as adults feel. So you will often find yourself having to exert your authority over kids when they don’t pay attention to your advice. You may often feel that you are in a ‘battle of wills’ with your child. But it is important to understand why your child is behaving in this way. They are not doing things on purpose to upset you.

Homoeopathy treatment of eczema

For children, you would need a safe and effective treatment option for managing eczema flare-ups. Homeopathy can help you deal with the condition safely.

Homeopathy assesses each child and treats them individually, based on their unique, characteristic presenting and latent symptoms. For e.g., if a child gets an eczema flare-up after eating eggs, the doctor will give an appropriate remedy to address the allergic reaction and hence reduce the eczema flare-up. Homeopathy treatment for eczema also helps restore your child’s hypersensitive immune system to normalcy, and bring about a reduction in the intensity and frequency of the allergic reaction.

A six-year study of patient outcomes at the Bristol Homeopathic Hospital, UK, found that 82 percent of eczema patients under age 16 said they felt either ‘better’ or ‘much better’ with homeopathic eczema treatment.

Self Help Tips

  • Avoid clothes and bed covers made of scratchy synthetics, wool and other materials with a rough texture, as these can irritate your child’s skin. Make them wear cotton clothing
  • Apply moisturizer within 3 minutes of bathing to "lock in" moisture
  • Try to maintain an even temperature in their surroundings, since rapid temperature changes can cause itching
  • Hot baths can cause itching and increase dryness, tepid water is better
  • Keep your child’s finger nails short to help prevent damage to skin caused by scratching
  • As far as possible, avoid any known triggers that you feel can aggravate eczema symptoms in your child.

You can consult our expert homeopaths to get a safe, effective, and long-lasting treatment for eczema skin disease by booking an appointment at

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