Distracting a Child From Scratching

Many times with young children with eczema, parents have to be creative in distracting their child from scratching. It can be very difficult when the child is an infant, as there are fewer ways to distract a baby.

Distracting from Scratching

The main way to distract your little one from scratching is by keeping the mind and fingers occupied, for instance:

  • Expose your baby to toys that help develop motor skills, such as blocks or fitting big pieces of puzzles. This has the benefits of both intellectual and physical development.
  • Engage your baby in music, arts or dance. For younger children, you can boogie together or learn a musical instrument or dance which requires both concentration and motor skills.
  • Replace scratching with another habit such as moisturizing the itchy skin or patting on the skin
  • Learn sign language which not only keep the fingers busy, but has the added benefits of learning vocabulary and giving your little one an additional way to communicate.

Next: Limiting Scratching Damage

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