by Kelly Northey - Founder, Bamboo Bubby
Navigating the challenges of eczema in children, especially when it affects their sleep, is a task many parents face. The restlessness and discomfort caused by eczema not only disrupts sleep but also impacts the child's mood and overall well-being, perpetuating a frustrating cycle.
Recent insights from a 2010 Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine study highlight the significant correlation between the severity of eczema in children and their sleep quality, emphasizing the profound effect on their life quality. Parents often find the sleep disturbances in their eczema-affected children as one of the most stressful aspects of caregiving, affecting the family's life quality.
Adequate rest is crucial for children with eczema. It bolsters their immune system, facilitates the body's detoxifying processes, and reduces stress and anxiety. Sleep deprivation, on the other hand, can lead to an overactive, stressed immune system.
Here are some practical tips to ensure your child with eczema enjoys a restful night:
Wet Wrapping Technique
This method involves wrapping the affected skin areas with damp bandages, helping to keep the skin cool and moist, thus reducing itching and promoting healing. If you're new to wet wrapping, consider watching instructional videos for guidance.
Introducing essential oils through diffusers can create a calming environment conducive to sleep. It's important to choose oils that don't trigger your child's allergies.
A gentle massage can not only ease itching and discomfort but also apply moisturizers effectively. Coupling this with a story or soft music can further relax your child.
Incorporating soothing oils in bathwater can help relax your child's body and mind before bedtime. Post-bath, applying moisturizer is essential to maintain skin hydration.
Consider using special clothing like Bamboo Bubby Sleeping Bags, Pyjamas or Eczema Miteen Sleeves. These garments, designed to minimise scratching during sleep, can be an effective part of your child’s bedtime routine.