Here's advice regarding relaxation for children with eczema.
´Stress is a reaction that can affect a child's body and mind when he or she is confronted by a "stressor." Stressors are things that worry, scare, or anger a child. If your child is prone to eczema flare-ups, stress can trigger this, and make the condition worsen.
Aside from the impact on skin, stress also interferes with the child's sleep, emotions, learning, and well-being. If you find that your child is under stress, discover ways to promote relaxation and ease the stress that leads to eczema exacerbations.
Eczema can lead to anxiety, and anxiety leads to increased stress. One of the best ways to promote relaxation for a child with eczema is to give him or her support. Find a friend for your child who also has this condition. By knowing that others care, your child does not feel all alone with the disorder.
Sleep deprivation can lead to eczema flare-ups. Many children find it relieving to take a sedating antihistamine at bedtime. These medications ease the itching associated with the condition, and offer a relaxing effect. It is important for children with eczema to get a minimum of eight hours of sleep each night, so their immune system gets recharged to ward off future flares.
One of the best ways to relax is to practice visualization. This involves simple mental imagery of a place far away. To promote relaxation for a child with eczema, have the child close his or her eyes, and pretend to be at a favorite place. Teach the child to image a waterfall, the beach, or any other warm, safe place.
Exercise is one of the best ways to ward off stress, especially for children. When a child exercises, he or she releases chemicals in the brain, known as endorphins, or 'feel-good' chemicals. These endorphins promote relaxation and improve self-esteem. Also, if your child exercises during the day, there will be no difficulties with sleep, as physical activity helps with insomnia.
One of the best relaxation measures for a child with eczema is finding something he or she enjoys, such as playing a musical instrument, art, or skateboarding. A hobby gives the child something to look forward to, and will help take the mind off the stress that is associated with eczema.
If your child is constantly under stress regarding the eczema, ask your healthcare provider for help. The child's doctor can give you information regarding appropriate measures to take to reduce the stress. Your child may even need professional counseling, if the stress of eczema is causing depression or severe anxiety.
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