What can help a child with eczema sleep?
How to reduce sleep loss
If your child has eczema and has problems sleeping, dermatologists recommend the following.
Itchy skin, cranky baby
Itchy eczema can cause sleep loss. When eczema itches, it can keep a child awake or wake the child from a sound sleep.
When you see a dermatologist, be sure to tell the doctor that your child has trouble sleeping. Most, but not all, kids with eczema have sleep loss. A dermatologist can develop a treatment plan that addresses sleep loss.
Your child’s dermatologist may recommend the following:
- Bathing and moisturizing
- Medicine to get the eczema under control
- A sedating antihistamine to help your child sleep
- Tips you can use to reduce the child’s desire to scratch
- Products that you can use on your child’s very sensitive skin
- Ways to find out what triggers your child’s eczema
Sleepless nights can cause a child to be misdiagnosed with a behavioral problem or learning disability.
It’s important to realize that eczema can be a serious medical condition. Like other serious medical conditions, medication may be necessary to control symptoms, prevent worsening, and treat problems like infections.
If you have any concerns, tell your child’s dermatologist.
Many things in your child’s environment can cause eczema to flare. What causes one child’s eczema to flare may not cause another child’s eczema to flare. For this reason, it’s important to figure out what triggers your child’s eczema.
Becoming overheated, wearing wool or another rough-feeling fabric, and using a skin care product with fragrance commonly trigger eczema.
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By controlling the eczema, you can help your child fall asleep and stay asleep. You may even get some sleep yourself.
Related AAD resources
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Simpson EL, Eichenfield LF, et al. “Current issues in atopic comorbidities and preventing the atopic march.” Semin Cutan Med Surg. 2012 Sep;31(3 Suppl):S6-9.
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