Tips for Living with Eczema – Allergy Awareness Week 61



Tips for Living with Eczema is a paid collaboration with Neutral 0%.

Anyone that has been following my blog for a while will know that Maxi suffers from Eczema and has since he was small.  He is now 13 and I like to think that we have his skin condition under control, however, he still has flare ups, in fact, he went through a particularly nasty one a couple of weeks ago.

Tips for Living with Eczema - Allergy Awareness Week

I had become complacent and decided to try a new laundry product and POW – poor Maxi suffered the consequences of me trying to make the change and this was when to Neutral 0% stepped in. Neutral 0% is a premium range of laundry products designed for people with allergies and sensitive skin.  It has 0% perfumes, 0% colourants and 0% optical brighteners.  Originating in Denmark over 25 years ago Neutral 0% is a household name in Scandinavian countries and is designed to reduce the risk of skin allergy reaction and irritation without compromising on performance.  We are going to be working with Neutral 0% over the coming year and they asked us to share with you our tips for living with eczema.

Tips for Living with Eczema

As a parent, I have always made sure that I have followed the medical instructions given to me for dealing with Maxi’s skin condition but have found other ways to make living with eczema much more comfortable for all of us. Obviously, I am not an expert and these are just what works for us and will not work for everyone.

Be consistent – This is our key to everything. Making sure that we consistently apply creams and treatments.  We found the right maintenance regime and we stick to it.  It took some time but we found out which products worked for us and which ones didn’t.

Know the triggers.  We kept a diary and soon realised what triggered Maxi’s breakouts.  This included being generally unwell, central heating, parabens, certain washing powders, weather changes, chlorine, certain sun protection cream and wind and also lack of sleep!

Moisturise.  When you find a moisturiser that suits your child skin then use it often and generously. This can be a challenge when skin is a good condition. especially with a teenager, but he has learned this the hard way.

Wearing natural and breathable clothing without seams that irritate was key for Maxi.  He found labels and certain fabrics made his eczema worse. I also always make sure that I use laundry detergent and fabric softener that is kind to sensitive skin.  Neutral 0% is designed for sensitive skin and has both the Allergy UK Seal of Approval and is recomended by Netmums.

Use distraction – Sometimes we have to realise that our children just feel the need to itch and it can be so demoralising for them to keep hearing you say “don’t scratch” or “stop itching”. For us, this is where fidget toys often come in.  They can be a great way of keeping those hands busy and stopping the constant habit of itchiness.

Be prepared for age to change things – this is something we have learned.  We were hoping that Maxi would grow out of his eczema, however, that isn’t the case, yet! Hormones have effected maxi’s triggers.

Be careful with anything that touches your child’s skin. For Maxi, this means no products with SLS, SLA or Parabens including shampoo (which rinses off on his skin). This also means washing things such as scarfs, travel pillows etc using products such as Neutral 0% which are free from perfumes and colourants. We even take our own linen for Maxi on holiday.  We have been caught out with things like school football kit which gets communally washed in the past, so he wears underlayers to protect his skin.

Neutral 0% Giveaway

To celebrate Allergy Awareness Week, I have teamed up with Neutral 0% to giveaway Neutral 0% products.  Just complete the entry below:

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