8 Ways to Help a Child With Eczema Stop Scratching continued...
5. Keep Itchy Skin Covered
Young children may be less prone to scratch their skin when it’s covered up. "For some reason, young children often start to scratch as soon as their clothes are removed," says Eichenfield. To keep your child most comfortable, choose loose-fitting, comfortable clothing. Cotton and cotton blends are generally preferred. Wool and some synthetic fabrics can cause skin irritation and lead to more scratching.
6. Try a Distraction to Forget About Itchy Skin
For many children with eczema, their itch seems worst at bedtime. Finding a distraction from the itchiness can help them relax and go to sleep. "I found that massaging Paige’s face at bedtime helps her relax and forget about scratching," says Knox. She applies a bit of moisturizer to her index fingers and massages all over Paige’s face. "There are many nights when she falls asleep during the massage," says Knox. Gently rubbing your child’s back or legs can help too.
7. Use Eczema Medications
Recommended medications for eczema can help relieve itch and control the condition. Treatments such as topical steroids are especially useful if your child has eczema that doesn’t clear up with other measures. "Some parents are afraid to use these medications," says Eichenfield. "But when used properly, they are very safe and highly effective."
8. Be Willing to Try Different Anti-Itch Strategies
Experiment with different ways of stopping scratching and learn a few methods that work for your child. "What works one day to help stop scratching may not work the next," says Knox. "So it’s a good idea to have a couple different tricks up your sleeve."