My toddler just had another eczema outbreak two days ago. Red spots first appeared on his face, neck, and torso before they became raised and started to itch. Now, his rashes are getting better and fading away into the skin with no signs of spreading down his arms and legs. So I'm going to share what I did over the two days to help treat his eczema rashes :)
The first thing that I did as soon as I saw his rashes was make sure that his skin was dry. The moment I noticed he had rashes, he was pretty sweaty. So I got a cotton towel and pat his skin dry. Keeping the skin dry is important during an eczema outbreak because moisture aggravates rashes and promotes skin breakdown.**Note: Always use a cotton towel when drying the skin. Cotton towel is absorbent and is soft too so it won't aggravate any existing rashes. Also, when using it to dry the skin, do so in a patting motion. NEVER rub it on the skin because the friction itself might worsen the outbreak.
The second thing I did was apply a specialized powder all over toddler rash
. This specialized powder had zinc oxide
as its main and active ingredient. I decided to use powder that had zinc oxide instead of a zinc oxide ointment not only because it's cheaper but because it seemed to be enough for his rashes. If a zinc oxide powder doesn't seem to be enough to relieve your child's itching, you can use a zinc oxide ointment which has more stronger and more potent effects.**Note: Powder helps keep the skin dry for longer periods. And zinc oxide is a powerful ingredient that relieves itching. By relieving the itchiness of eczema rashes, you can prevent further aggravating them since the act of itching will be prevented.
For two days, I made sure that my toddler had dry skin, that he frequently had zinc oxide powder on his rashes, and that he wore only cotton clothes. I also kept him away from nuts, eggs, and other poultry products because these are contraindicated during an eczema outbreak.
Now, he's getting so much better!