Holiday packing when your child has eczema and itchy, dry skin

  • by Petra Jelinkova
Holiday packing when your child has eczema and itchy, dry skin
Sounds strange but I always find myself delaying our family holidays and when we finally book a holiday feeling anxious in the weeks leading up to it. Why? Eczema. Flare ups can be unpredictable and when we are headed somewhere new with different weather, different triggers and restaurants which I haven’t spoken to about food allergies, I get really nervous. But there is no way I would want us to miss out on our family holidays and the memories and time together. Here is what helps to take away my nervousness about the unpredictability of eczema flare ups when going on holidays with my family.

Research your holiday destination

Be aware of what type of weather you are likely to experience, if your child’s eczema is triggered by heat, choose a holiday destination or a time when the weather is more mild. Find out about your accommodation amenities and facilities, for example is air conditioning available (for heat triggered eczema), is there a bath for daily bath time (to maintain your skincare routine), are the floors carpeted (for dust mite triggered eczema). Find out where the closest pharmacy and nearest medical centre is and how far away the hospital is. It’s always better to be prepared just in case of an emergency and know where you can go for medical attention.

What to pack to go on holidays for your child with eczema

When you are on holidays and out of your everyday environment it becomes even more important to stick to your skincare routine. We need to give the skin as much moisture and protection as we can so it can deal with a new environment and being exposed to different triggers. It’s also a good idea to speak to your Doctor before you go on holidays to go through your eczema management plan.
It can be hard to find the same products you are using for your child’s skin while away. So make sure you pack their:
What to keep in your bag to have handy when on the plane or in the car
  • Any prescription medication
  • Moisturiser
  • Cold compress (especially useful for a long journey in a warm car)
Now that you are prepared, enjoy your family holiday and time with your loved ones! This blog post was brought to you and your family with love from Julia and the itchy baby co. team x. Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional.

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