Handling eczema on the first day of school

August 31, 2018

The new school year starts next week. If your child is about to start school for the first time you might be worried about helping them deal with their eczema when they enter the gates and leave you behind for a new, independent era. Here's some advice on what to do if your little one needs extra care at school because of a manageable skin condition:

Inform the teachers

Give your child's teachers as much information as you can about their condition and the types of allergens that could trigger a flare-up. It might even be useful to draw up a simple guide for them that highlights all of the most important bits about caring for a young child with eczema. Mention specific issues like whether your child gets itchy at a certain time of day or shouldn't be sitting near a radiator.  Provide extra moisturisers in case of emergency and recommend eczema-friendly soaps that your child can use in the bathroom. Also, show the teachers how to apply emollients to your child's skin so they can do it unaided if they need to.

Talk!

Prepare your child for their first day at school by discussing any of their fears with regards to their skin. Remind them that they should let their teacher know if their skin feels itchy and uncomfortable and they need access to a moisturiser. Younger children can feel hesitant about talking to teachers and it may take them some time to feel at ease in their new surroundings and safe in their school routine. However, if you remind them that it's ok to speak up there's a better chance that they'll feel able to voice their concerns and curb a flare up.

Choose a uniform made of natural fibres

Synthetic fibres can exacerbate eczema and make the itch feel a lot worse. Opt for cotton shirts and trousers instead of a uniform that includes man-made fabrics like acrylic, nylon and polyester. It can be a bit trickier to find these items but it's worth it if it keeps your child's skin protected and cared for. Cut out labels and check seams to eliminate the risk of chafing.

 

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