- If your child finds the moisturizer too cold: “float” the jar in the tub while your child takes a bath to warm it up
- If the skin is hot and the moisturizer makes it feel hotter/itchier: keep the moisturizer in the refrigerator (not freezer)
- If infection is a problem: use a clean spoon to dispense the cream (instead of fingers)
A diluted bleach bath may help fight the infection
This might sound scary, but a diluted bleach bath is as safe as a swimming pool, and can help kill staph on your child’s skin.
Here’s how to make one:
1. Fill the tub with 40 gallons of warm water (40 gallons fills a standard-sized bathtub to the overflow drainage holes.)
2. Pour 1/2 cup of household (Clorox, for example), not concentrated, bleach into your tub and mix it well.
3. Do not submerge your head. Soak from the neck down, or just the irritated areas of skin for about 10 minutes.
4. Rinse off and apply an oil moisturizer like Clear Lotion. Then, gently pat dry with a towel.
5. Once dry, apply a barrier protectant like Eczema Therapy to areas of irritation.
*Using too much bleach, or taking bleach baths too often may dry out your skin. Always follow your healthcare practitioner’s advice and always moisturize after bathing.
Preparing for your dermatologist appointment
If you think your child has eczema, make an appointment with a dermatologist. Here are a few things you can do to be prepared.
1. Mark down the date when symptoms started
2. Keep a list of all areas of irritated skin
3. Photograph the areas of irritated skin and date the photos to show how the skin presents over time
4. Keep a list of all products or medicines you have used on your child’s skin.