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National Eczema Week September 15-23rd

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information, Product Reviews | Posted on 19-09-2012

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Eczema affects one in five children in the UK, with the majority of cases occurring before the age of 5. I had eczema as a child, and now at 30 it is still a condition that I suffer with, on a much smaller scale. With both my mother and her mother suffering too within their lives I am always on the lookout for any trace on Little Man. Rashes are common on children, especially at his age, but as parents we need to know what they are, whether they be chicken pox, the ever popular “its a virus”, or if its eczema.

Managing eczema is tricky. Flare ups recur time and time again, particularly if you are unsure as to what is the specific cause. Its important to get good support and help from your GP, but sadly almost half of parents of child suffers want better help from their doctor. As part of National Eczema Week the National Eczema Society (NES) has teamed up with skincare brand E45 to launch a new 3-step action plan and online resource to help parents and provide much needed advice easily.

The new guidelines, which were developed in association with NICE, begin with this 3-step action plan:

1. Apply emollient creams and ointments all over your child’s body 2 or 3 times a day – not just to the visibly affected areas.
2. When applying emollients use gentle strokes in the direction of hair growth to avoid irritating skin.
3. Use soap substitutes and an emollient bath oil to cleanse your child’s skin.

There is also a free online support programme – www.eczemaadvice.co.uk. This online resource gives parents advice on the use of emollients and how to apply them effectively, as well as providing tools to help parents monitor their child’s eczema. Online leaflets, videos and testimonials are also provided along with direct access to the NES Facebook page where parents can get advice, support and help from other parents in the same position.

Whilst the NES doesn’t endorse or promote any specific brands, E45 has long been a trusted brand for treating skin conditions. I remember my Gran using it and I’m pretty sure my Mum has a tub in her bathroom too. As well as offering products for adults the E45 Junior range is great for use with children. We have both the Foaming Bath Milk and the Moisturising Lotion. Little Man currently doesn’t suffer from eczema, but we use these products when he has particularly sensitive skin, such as nappy rash or one of those vague “its a virus” moments. Should he develop eczema we will certainly use them all the time, and I think the Eczema Advice website will be a fantastic and invaluable resource.

The E45 skincare range is available from most high street chemists and supermarkets.

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Nice to be here, good info. Thanks

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