Eczema Bulletin, Issue #002 - It's A Good Time For A Holiday
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This months Eczema Bulletin includes
- September's Featured Article – Good Reasons To Book A Late Holiday
- My favourite eczema news article
- Tip of the Month
- 5 ways to.....make your child's bedtime easier
Featured Article - Some Good Reasons To Book A Late Holiday
You probably don't need a good reason to go on holiday, but just in case you need some convincing here are some.
September and October can be great months to go away when you are an eczema sufferer.
If you like going abroad most of the traditional holiday destinations are still pretty warm at this time of the year. The sun is still shining, which can be a great benefit for your skin. But it is not unbearable hot, that it is uncomfortable. This helps at night. You will feel cooler, so your skin will feel less itchy and you will sleep better.
Also as it is cooler, if you are self conscious of your eczema, you will be able to wear longer legged and sleeved clothing. Though try to stick to wearing loose fitting cotton or linen clothes.
If you are like me and have problems with shaving legs and underarms, especially when it has to be done regularly, the weather helps again. My sensitive skin comes out red and sore, and can sometimes be very itchy after shaving. I like to leave sometime between shaves. If its cooler I can wear the longer length clothes.
I have yet to find a solution to this problem so if you have one please contact me so I can share it with other readers.
I always go away outside of the summer months. Either March/April or September/October. The reasons above are why I do. I would find the really hot July and August weather of Mallorca a massive struggle.
Eczema News Article
September sees Eczema Awareness Week (Australia) and National Eczema Week (UK) happening.
In Australia the dates are 2-8 September
In the UK the dates are 14-22 September
These weeks are used to highlight eczema and the issues that arise from living with it.
There are also events happening around the countries, helping to raise awareness about eczema.
You can find out more information about events in Australia and in the UK here
Tip Of The Month
Your children are very likely to be going back to school either this month or the at the beginning of September. It can be quite a stressful time for them. Especially if they are going to a new school, or a new class, or have a new teacher.
The stress could have a serious effect on their eczema. As a parent you want to make any events as easy as possible for them.
You can talk to them about what is ahead. Reassure them, letting then know that you are there for them if they need to talk about anything. They maybe worried about making friends, going into a class with a new teacher or just moving away from familiarity.
Stress can cause eczema to become very itchy. So try to keep your child's mind occupied. This will help to keep their mind off of scratching. So reducing any flare ups.
You can read more about ways you can reduce stress, here
Do you have a tip you would like to share? Let me know :)
5 Ways To.......make your child's bedtime easier
1. In your child's evening bath add some drops of lavender oil. It can be beneficial to the skin. It reduces inflammation, helping to alleviate itching. It can also help to make your child drowsy, aiding sleep
2. Have a routine. As a parent you will know that having a nightly routine helps to settle your child for the night. Have the same bedtime each night. Also by reading them a story, it can help them to relax, and keep their mind of off their itchy skin
3. Keep the bedroom cool. Keep radiators turned off. They can dry the skin out, making it more irritated. Have a small window open, or a big window if you are happy to do so. Any small amount of fresh air can keep the room ventilated, and their skin cool
4. Moisture their skin thoroughly before they go to bed. If their eczema is severe, an occlusion dressing can be used. It will help the treatment to absorb into the skin, and reduce the amount of scratching.
5. Keep their bedroom clean. Dust and dust mites can effect eczema. Change bedding regularly. Wash bedding and curtains at at least 60c to kill dust mites. Limit the amount of soft toys in the room. They collect dust. Pillows, duvets and soft toys can be put in a bag and put in the freezer for a day or two to kill the mites. Only damp dust the room. Wet a cloth, wring it out and wipe the dust away. A feather duster or dry cloth just spread the dust around
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The October edition of Eczema Bulletin will include
- October's Featured Article – Getting The Best Out Of Topical Steroids
- My favourite news item of the month
- Tip of the Month
- 5 ways to.....have your favourite meals without dairy
Hope you enjoyed September's Eczema Bulletin, and thanks for reading