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Mitts for babies and kids with itchy skin or eczema
Mitts for babies and kids with itchy skin or eczema

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Babies with eczema are more likely than other children to suffer from food allergies - which can make weaning just that little bit more stressful... We've just updated our blog post on weaning an eczema baby to include the results of the LEAP and EAT studies. These studies have been looking at the relationship between early introduction of allergenic foods and the development of food allergies. The key finding of both these studies is that early introduction of allergenic foods reduces the chance of a child developing food allergies. New government guidelines are on their way... https://www.scratchsleeves.co.uk/weaning-an-eczema-baby/

This week's edition of Radio 4's Inside Health has an interview with the doctor developing the guidelines: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07vs2p0 from about 18mins, it's followed a piece on accuracy of measuring medicine doses which is also interesting.

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If, like us, you are wary of using steroid creams to keep you child's eczema under control, you'll be really interested in our latest blog post. We have teamed up with Dr Sam Hunt, consultant dermatologist at Royal Hampshire County Hospital, to get the facts on the long term safety of steroid creams and some guidance on how they should be used. Personally, I found this a really comforting piece as we have to rely on hydorcortisone to keep our 5yo flare ups under control. There are more links to the research papers coming - but we decided to get the post up now and add the extra links in when we have them....

https://www.scratchsleeves.co.uk/hydrocortisone-creams-childhood-eczema/

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In my effort to squeeze our holiday packing into hand luggage, I bought some micro-fibre travel towels. And it turns out that they are brilliant for drying the backs of our 5 yo's knees where her eczema is playing up. The new towels take a bit of getting used to - you need to pat rather than rub dry. But they are both super soft and super absorbent - one gentle pat and her skin is properly dry. They have worked so well for her that we have updated our article on eczema friendly bath-times. Do you have any other unexpected bath time tips that we can add?

https://www.scratchsleeves.co.uk/baby-eczema-bathing/

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With 2 whole weeks of summer holidays left (I blame the inset days), the cries of 'I'm bored' and 'What can I do? are becoming more common. So we've put our heads together and pooled our resources to come up with our favourite eczema friendly ideas for summer holiday fun. Hopefully it will help to make the last few weeks of the summer fun for your little ones too.

https://www.scratchsleeves.co.uk/holiday-fun-for-eczema-kids/

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Our 5 year old hates having creams of any sort put on her skin - which makes things more than slightly tricky when her eczema flares up. We have tried all sorts of things to persuade her that they aren’t so bad: from explanations and sticker charts, iPad apps and bribes… One of the few things that has had her accepting creams happily for more that a couple of days has been getting her involved in making her own salve from coconut oil and manuka honey.
https://www.scratchsleeves.co.uk/diy-eczema-creams/

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With a fantastic forecast for the next few days I've been going through the kids t-shirts to find the ones with lingering food stains. With any luck a couple of days in the sun will have them stain free with no irritating chemicals (and minimal effort on my part!).

You can find more eczema friendly stain removal tips in our blog:
https://www.scratchsleeves.co.uk/eczema-friendly-laundry-stain-removers/

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While hot summer weather is lovely and a very welcome change, keeping an eczema baby comfortable and safe from the sun can be a real challenge. These are tricks that we used to keep our eczema baby healthy and happy in the heat.
https://www.scratchsleeves.co.uk/summer-eczema-baby-top-tips/

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This week we had a lovely message from a customer saying that she and her older daughter were on this week's edition of Radio 4's Listening Project. They were talking about how her younger daughter's eczema had affected the family. It's such a lovely, encouraging conversation that we've added it to our post on Eczema and Siblings: https://www.scratchsleeves.co.uk/eczema-siblings-sharing-attention/. It's definitely worth listening too but have the tissues ready!

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As another weekend with a dubious weather forecast looms, we've been looking for fun indoor things to keep the kids entertained. And there's nothing quite like baking for cheering up the whole family so I've been shopping and stocked up on apple sauce and paper cases for our favourite milk-free, dairy-free muffins: https://www.scratchsleeves.co.uk/dairy-an-egg-fre…ffins-applesauce/ ‎

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Okay, so we're being a bit hopeful about the weather here! But having had some 'interesting' nights with our itchy monsters during the last hot spell, we have put together our top tips for helping eczema children sleep through hot summer nights. Hopefully, we'll get another chance to put these into practice before the end of the summer! And if you've got any tried and tested tips that aren't on our list, we'd love to hear them...
https://www.scratchsleeves.co.uk/hot-summer-nights/
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