Let’s be honest for a moment, shall we? Any eczema parents understand the challenges of applying skincare to a squiggly, squirmy babe, especially after bath. This can be a stressful time for parents and children alike. Eczema prevention is even more important than treatment and keeping up with a kind, simple routine is imperative for success. If you struggle with having your little stay still after bath, please find below a few of my best tips to try today.
First, get organized
Before bath time, I would always prepare my area to ensure I could effectively apply Vinnie’s skincare to his skin quickly and as stress-free as possible. I would first cover the bed with a large, clean towel. I would also have his jar of skincare open and ready along with his clothing or pyjamas. If baby is in diapers, be sure to have diaper change items ready and at arms length as well.
Think of a few items that your child holds valuable and often doesn’t have an opportunity to play with. These items can act as a perfect physical distraction for the 2-3 minutes required to apply his/her skincare easily. You may wish to switch these items up to allow new interest each bath time.
Sing a song or make it a game
By keeping it fun or silly or both allows for both of you to stay relaxed and the after-bath skincare process to be more enjoyable. Put on some music and sing along, sing the alphabet or favourite nursery rhyme, whatever your child enjoys the most.
Teach them to apply it themselves
Giving a child independence can be met with resistance but can also be so rewarding. Vinnie was five when he started learning to apply his skincare on his own. It took a little bit of practice but he can now do it all by himself. He understands the importance and how it prevents his eczema from appearing and it has become a part of his daily routine.
If you have any kind tips to share, I would love to hear them! It takes a village and we can all learn from each other.