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Alleviating Your Child’s Itchy Skin with These Easy Home Remedies

Despite good skincare for eczema, the itch sensation may still be felt. It’s very simple to just tell your little one “don’t scratch.” Slow moving progress towards getting rid of the pesky itch can be a challenge. Itchy skin can be particularly irritating at night. You’ll feel itchier and inflamed as your body generates cytokines […]

Child Led Potty Training or Elimination Baby Communication? Which is best for you?

The day your little one finally sleeps through the night without wetting the bed is a day most parents have been waiting for. And if they can do it 3 days in a row, we’re almost pinching ourselves to see if we’re dreaming. Potty training is a big step for both kids and their parents. […]

Is Your Child, Who Has Allergies, Safe at School?

Rising rates of asthma and allergies in children constitute a major health risk. Asthma is the third leading cause of hospitalization for children under the age of 15 in the United States, and allergic diseases are the most common health issue among American children.  Children with asthma or allergies must adapt to a new normal. […]

How To Get Rid of Itchy Skin: things to think about

Pruritus, often known as itchy skin, can be a chronic problem for certain people. When the skin’s cells identify a foreign substance, they set off a chain reaction that results in inflammation. A person’s immune system can mount a defense against everything from a minor skin ailment to a chronic illness.  Not all rashes are […]

Different Kinds of Baths for Eczema: How and Why to Use Them

And because taking a bath is so ordinary throughout your day, you probably don’t give it much thought. However, bath time can be confusing and frustrating (to say the least) when your little one has eczema. It’s especially important to take precautions to make sure your child’s bath routine doesn’t aggravate the condition.  There are […]

Plan an Eczema-Friendly Grandparents’ Sleepover for Your Kid

There is something truly magical about the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren, and overnight trips can often help to strengthen that relationship. For grandparents, getting ready for a sleepover with their grandchildren was kind of like having a head of state or other V.I.P. over. But when a grandchild has eczema, things are very different. […]

Essential Oils and Eczema

If you’re an avid reader of the blog, you’ll know that a lot of people are turning towards more holistic and natural methods of healing eczema. Essential oils should be an essential part of your eczema holistic healing toolkit!   Given that eczema is a chronic, lifelong condition, finding an effective treatment and management plan can […]

The Facts About Allergies in Children

If you have a child with allergies, you may have wondered just what triggers allergies in a person and what the underlying causes really are. Allergies are actually a very complicated subject that involves many of the body’s most important functions. They come from some of the most complex systems in the human body, and […]

Scratching And Temper Tantrums

Are your child itching and throwing temper tantrums? Most toddlers do! It’s one thing to see your child suffer from constant itching and scratching – and another to see scratching and temper tantrums combined. Double the trouble. Stress, anxiety, frustration, and immune system responses can all be wrapped up in both itching and emotional meltdowns, […]

UPDATE: Itchy Skin questions & Dr. Cockerell

A Note From Andrea from ScratchMeNot: This original post was published in 2012, can you believe it?! This was early in my eczema mom-ing journey, I had a little one with moderate to severe eczema and was researching like crazy to get it under control. Thankfully we had ScratchMeNots to stop my daughter’s scratching damage as we visited […]

Best Summer Sunscreens for Little Ones With Itchy and Sensitive Skin.

Summer rashes, eczema, and allergies are just some of the common skin conditions that affect children. It’s essential to be extra cautious when applying products to babies and children because their bodies absorb more per pound of weight than adults do. This is why it’s so critical that whatever you put on their skin is […]

Help Your Child Cope With Eczema: 5 Strategies for Coping

As I’m sure you know, there is no cure for eczema. I’m sure you also know that managing eczema can be exhausting for everyone involved. It’s hard (to say the least) to watch someone you love go battle eczema. It is equally difficult to be a part of the support system for someone with eczema. […]

What are the best foods to avoid for eczema?

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You are what you eat! We’ve been hearing that saying all of our lives. I bet you even tell your little one the same thing. That’s because it’s true. Believe it or not, what you eat or what you feed your little one might trigger (or improve) their eczema-related symptoms! Let me preface all of […]

How To Sleep with An Eczema Flare-Up

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Sleep is a super crucial component to everyone’s overall health. As I’m sure you know, when you are going through an eczema flare-up, sleep can be a nightmare! What makes it worse is that a lack of sleep is not only bad for your overall health, it make your eczema worse too. This study found […]

What’s the Deal with Coconut Oil and Eczema?

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Benefits of Coconut Oil for Eczema Lately it seems that coconut oil can be used for anything: cooking, skin care, dental hygiene, hair care, etc. People with eczema often point to coconut oil as a way to relieve and soothe eczema. This is because coconut oil can be used as a moisturizer, as a way […]

Eczema and Vitamin D

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Planning on spending extra time in the sun with your eczema warrior this summer? There is a ton of benefits to spending time in the sun – especially for children with eczema! Eczema and Vitamin D An experiment looked at whether or not deficient or insufficient levels of vitamin D correlate with the severity of […]

Is Your Stress Causing Eczema Flare Ups?

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Stress is the root of nearly all of our health problems – no doubt about it. How you manage (or don’t manage) your stress can have a profound impact on your health. Yes, that includes your eczema! According to Tim Jewell and Debra Sullivan, PhD, MSN, CNE, COI of Healthline, stress causes a spike in the […]

Essential Oils and Eczema

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If you’re an avid reader of the blog, you’ll know that a lot of people are turning towards more holistic and natural methods of healing eczema. Essential oils should be an essential part of your eczema holistic healing toolkit! First of all, what the heck are essential oils? Essential oils are simply compounds that are […]