Back to school: Four top tips

Back to school: Four top tips to help manage your child’s skin condition

It’s the start of September and children up and down the country are getting ready to pack their bags for a new school year. With 1 in 5 children suffering from eczema,[1] it’s important to send them off to school fully prepared in terms of managing their condition physically and emotionally.  We’ve put together our top tips to help you and your child cope with this:

1. Talk to a teacher

Discuss your child’s skin condition with their teacher at the start of the school year so that they’re aware of it and can help manage it. Coping with the practical aspects can be a challenge for many children and therefore a teacher can help to provide support. As well as this, an adult’s understanding can help to minimise emotional distress for your child.[2]

2. Stay moisturised

Pack your child’s bag with a moisturiser such as QV Cream which can be applied as often as required throughout the day to help combat dry skin and prevent scratching. This can damage the skin so it’s important to help keep the skin soothed and hydrated to help manage their condition.   

3. Know the trigger causes

Heat can cause an eczema flare-up,[3] therefore it’s a good idea to ask a teacher if your child can sit away from a radiator to avoid getting too hot. You could also explore allergy testing with a dermatologist to identify any trigger causes of your child’s skin condition so that they can be avoided during school.

4. Use the right products

Emollients are seen as one of the best ways to help manage itching and scratching when suffering with a sensitive skin condition. These are moisturisers which are applied to the skin to help reduce water loss. Our QV range has been developed to help people with sensitive skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis manage their condition.  Explore our range here: https://shop.qvskincare.co.uk/

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[1] About us (Internet) 2018 (citied 2018 August 13) Available from: http://www.eczema.org/about-us

[2] Helping Your Child Cope With Eczema At School (Internet) 2018 (citied 2018 August 13) Available from: https://nationaleczema.org/child-cope-with-eczema-at-school/

[3] Eczema (Internet) 2018 (citied 2018 September 3) Available from: http://www.britishskinfoundation.org.uk/SkinInformation/AtoZofSkindisease/Eczema.aspx