Questions to ask your doctor about managing eczema
- by Petra Jelinkova
When we go to the doctors about managing eczema, we usually expect our GP to ask questions about symptoms of our child’s eczema and lifestyle behaviours. However, it is also helpful to know what questions you, as a parent can ask your doctor when your child has eczema. This way you can develop a management plan involving hydrating the skin with a moisturiser or bath soaks. Being proactive and engaging in a conversation with your doctor will help expand your knowledge of this skin condition and assist you in understanding what treatment are available to help you with managing eczema . The health of your child is important to both you and your doctor, so keeping the lines of communication open will allow your doctor to help you and your family develop an appropriate eczema skin care treatment plan and reduce the impact eczema can have on your child and family.
How can I prepare for my child’s visit to the doctor about managing eczema?
It is a good idea to prepare before going in to the doctor’s appointment as it will allow you to get the most out of your visit and leave better equipped to manage your child’s eczema. Researching eczema beforehand can help you understand how eczema can affect your child and give you an idea of what you would like to know from your doctor.
It is also useful to keep a record of your child’s eczema in terms of flare ups, what they have been eating, or whether there have been any lifestyle changes triggering eczema. Sharing this information with your doctor, as well as how you are already managing eczema will help you develop an eczema management plan. Be prepared and download our eczema management resource so you finish your consultation with a documented plan on how to manage your child’s eczema.
What questions should I ask my child’s doctor about managing eczema?
We should keep in mind whatever triggers our little one’s eczema the most, may be different to someone else with eczema and therefore you might be asking more specific and individual questions depending on your child’s symptoms.
Here are some questions to ask your doctor to help you with managing eczema:
- What type of eczema does my child have?
- Does my child also have psoriasis?
- How severe is my child’s eczema?
- What should I be looking out for in terms of flare ups?
- What should I do when a flare up happens?
- Will my child’s eczema go away?
- Will my child be assessed for asthma, hayfever?
- Does diet affect my child’s eczema?
- Will food and allergy testing help?
- What should I be doing on a daily basis to help manage my child’s eczema?
- Are there specialists I should consider seeing, such as a dermatologist?
Managing eczema always involves a daily skincare routine to ensure the skin is nourished and hydrated. Step one of our pharmacist developed itchy baby co. skincare routine involves giving your child a daily bath with our bath soak to keep their skin hydrated and clean from irritants. Our colloidal oatmeal bath soaks leave a film on the skin to keep moisture in and stop hydration escaping from the skin’s surface. They have moisturising, anti-inflammatory and anti-itch properties.
Step two involves rubbing our long lasting moisturiser into your child’s skin immediately after the bath, then at least twice more throughout the day. Our moisturiser melts into the skin, going deep into the skin’s layers to help prevent dryness and have a long lasting effect on the skin’s protective barrier.
Step three pays extra attention to areas of the body which are commonly affected by eczema, such as the face, using our face mask, and the scalp, using our scalp oil. These products can be used on any area of the body which needs more intensive hydration.
Natural, pharmacist products to help you target your child’s eczema can be found in our itchy baby co. shop.
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.