Adopt the routine... with a smile!
During breakout and remission periods, ointments are the key to well-being. Every day, throughout the year, your skin's comfort depends on the use moisturizers and lipid replenishers. This routine must be simplified, especially for children. Using a few animals, you can create a role-play scenario, for example, as is done during the ointment workshops developed at the La Roche-Posay spa center, which accommodates 300 children every year.
Encourage the child to play
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Start by making large circles on your cheeks and then rub the little cat's whiskers, followed by your nose and forehead. We remove the small snail's antennas with the two index fingers, not forgetting to rub the eyelids and behind the ears.
Let's pretend you are a giraffe! You must take the time to apply the cream along the giraffe's neck, not forgetting the back of the neck... You just need to tilt your head forward.
Draw the snail's shell by making several circles. As for the sides, put one arm in the air and use the other to apply the cream from top to bottom; then change arms.
Think about a jumping animal (a chipmunk, rabbit or grasshopper, for example). Start from the hand, go up to the shoulder and jump to the hand again! Start again, but this time with your palm facing upward to moisturize the inside of the arms.
Pick another jumping animal, then repeat the same movement as for the arms. Your hand is placed on the foot, moves all the way up and then jumps to the foot again. This applies to the front and behind of the leg. Lastly, put a thin layer of cream between your toes, which can be very dry.
Let mom and dad take turns to give you a little well-deserved massage!
Help your child to understand his/her illness: it is important not to dramatize the situation, especially where atopic children are concerned. Children are generally aware of the fact that they have eczema, but are unable to explain it (especially to their friends). Where does the disease come from, is it contagious and will they be cured one day? It is also difficult for them to assess the medium-term benefits of a good treatment and of monitoring their condition. Discuss it with them using teaching tools LIPI & KARA to assess their knowledge.
Encourage them to apply the treatment themselves; they can do so from the age of 3 or 4!
Our tendency to overprotect atopic children is natural. However, even very young children are able to take responsibility, thereby changing their habits and perception of the disease.
By adopting the ointment routine, first in a playful way, children will soon be able to do it alone at home, at their grandparents' house or when camping. Their breakouts will become less severe and less frequent, allowing them to be carefree once again. The routine will eventually become instinctive and parents will not have to insist.
Starting at 7 years old, children can also assess their own eczema and monitor the development of their condition from one week to the next. Using this tool, developed by the European Task Force on Atopic Dermatitis, the patient can measure the severity of the lesions, symptoms, itching and sleeps disorders.