Spring Remedies for Eczema
- by Rachelle Davenport
Spring Remedies for Eczema
Spring is just around the corner, and while most of us are glad to see the warmer weather return, it can affect those with sensitive and eczema-prone skin.
Today, we’re sharing why the start of spring, with its warmer weather and fun outdoor activities, can trigger eczema flare-ups. Plus, get some helpful skincare tips and lifestyle tweaks to prevent and manage symptoms (hint: moisturising regularly, being sun smart with a physical sunscreen and hydrating skin at night with a bath soak are all helpful!)
Why Can Springtime Trigger Eczema Flare-ups?
There are a few reasons why your little one might have an increase in eczema symptoms as springtime rolls around:
- Warmer weather. Heat can be a big trigger for those with sensitive skin and eczema, meaning flare-ups can be more common in Spring and Summer.
- Air conditioning. Hotter days mean we might run the air conditioner more frequently, which can be drying for the skin and exacerbate eczema symptoms.
More allergens. With spring comes more pollen and other allergens in the air from grass and flowers, which can irritate those prone to reactions.
Tips for Managing Eczema in Spring
So, before the warmer weather kicks in, here are some tips for managing the change in season to avoid those uncomfortable flares.
1. Moisturise, moisturise and moisturise again!
The key to controlling your child’s eczema is to moisturise the skin regularly. Please don’t wait until it becomes red and itchy; make it part of your daily routine to moisturise their skin so it stays soft and hydrated. Keep some of our natural Eczema Moisturiser in your bag to keep on top of moisturising throughout the day while you’re out and about enjoying the sunshine.
2. Pick your playtimes
Try to organise your day to avoid being out in the hottest part of the day, usually from late morning to early afternoon. Instead, plan outings for earlier in the morning or late afternoon. Another great way to beat the heat is to set up some water play in a shaded part of your backyard so the kids can still get outside and stay nice and cool throughout the day.
3. Be sun smart
Sun safety is so important, especially in the harsh Aussie sun. Cover up, stay in the shade where possible and don’t forget to apply sunscreen if you’re out in the sun. Our gentle, zinc-based natural SPF50+ sunscreen is clinically tested against sensitive skin and is safe for those prone to eczema. Those extra layers of rashies, hats and sunnies also help to protect those with sensitive skin! If your child gets too hot and irritated after a day outside, apply a cold compress to help cool them down and relieve the itch.
4. Enjoy some salty swims
Pretty much everyone loves a dip to cool off in the warmer months, especially babies and toddlers! Sea water can be an excellent natural remedy for eczema, so a splash in the ocean can do wonders. If you go to your local pool, try to choose one that’s saltwater-based, as chlorine can trigger eczema. If this isn’t possible, that’s okay – shower your child straight after their swim using a gentle, soap-free wash like our Natural Baby Shampoo and Body Wash and moisturise right away to protect their sensitive skin.
5. Nighttime comfort
As the nights start warming up, ensure your child’s room stays at a pleasant cool temperature throughout the night. Dress them in light cotton clothing (a great idea during the day, too) so their skin can breathe and pop a fan on if it’s feeling a bit stuffy. A soothing oatmeal bath before bed is another great way to unwind after a big day of play.
6. Don’t forget the picnic rug
One of the best parts of sunny springtime is the chance to spend more time outside! But with that comes exposure to some irritants like sand or grass. If lots of picnics or park adventures are on your agenda, keep a picnic rug on hand to avoid sitting directly on sand or grass, which can irritate your little one’s skin. Stash a lightweight blanket or picnic rug in your car so you’re prepared for all those impromptu alfresco dining occasions!
Need more suggestions? Check out our blog sharing some quick tips for helping eczema in the heat.
This blog post was brought to you and your family with love from the Itchy Baby Co. team x.
Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional.