What are the most common mistakes we make when treating the skin of a small atopica?
1. Treatment on your own
Atopic dermatitis is a disease that should be diagnosed by a doctor. It often happens that one child has similar symptoms to the other and the parent thinking that this is the same condition heals the toddler on their own. Of course, there is nothing wrong with it if we want to help a child by using emollients, because they do not even harm a healthy child, worse when we try to use ointments or creams given by others, whom the specific helps.
Often, these types of ointments contain strong substances, corticosteroids and other substances that can do more harm to a child than good. It should be remembered that the child is not a guinea pig, but a living, developing young organism that absorbs everything very easily, so you should not treat a child with any skin conditions on his own.
2. Using ordinary hand soap
The soap, even the gray one, has an alkaline pH of 9. Although this basic cosmetic perfectly removes dirt from the hands, it also washes away the acid protective layer of the skin. It takes up to 5 hours for the skin to return to its normal pH after using normal soap. And at this time it is more exposed to bacteria and microbes.
Soap for children with AD should have an acidic pH of about 5.5. Unfortunately, ordinary soap also dries the skin very much, which is more susceptible to such damage. And damage to the epidermis is an ideal breeding ground for microorganisms. Especially since the atopica skin is more prone to dryness and abrasions. Therefore, it is important to remember to use special soaps for AD patients for daily care, even for washing hands.
3. Allowing your child to take long and warm baths.
Children love to splash in the water, which is why we often give in and allow for longer romping in the bathtub, adding warm water. Unfortunately, if your child has AD, they should rather take short baths for about 10 minutes. Even if we use preparations with emollients, it is not enough to protect the baby's skin from drying out. The water temperature is also important, it should not exceed 37 degrees so as not to irritate already sensitive skin.