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#1 MintyBiscuit

Posted 22 November 2012 - 07:41 AM

DS gets a little bit of eczema, mainly behind his knees and a little bit on his arms. We're doing swimming lessons and the chlorine has been quite strong, and it seems to be flaring up the eczema on his arms. I've been showering him and moisturising as soon as we're out of the pool, but his arms are still flaring up. His arms don't seem to bother him, but his knees are obviously itching even in the pool - we'll be floating and he's using his toes to scratch behind his knee.

Is there anything I can do before we get in the pool to try and minimise the impact? Yesterday I covered him in moisturiser before we left the house, so about half an hour before we got in the pool, but it didn't seem to do much except make him a bit more slippery. Treating it after the fact is working, but if I can stop it getting bad in the first place it would obviously be preferable.

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#2 bek_p

Posted 22 November 2012 - 07:51 AM

Not sure if its true but vasso b4 you get in I did work experience in a pool and had chlorine burn and that was suggested

#3 erypmaV

Posted 22 November 2012 - 08:21 AM

My DD has the same problem.
I'm told that there are chlorine neutralising soaps and sprays that you can use afterwards to reduce the problem, but we haven't had a chance to try them yet. Generally the active ingredient is vitamin C, so you could always just try some powered vitamin C in a liquid soap.



#4 chookpea

Posted 22 November 2012 - 08:38 AM

DS gets it behind his knees, inside his elbows and under his eyes.

My GP recommended covering the area in vaseline before swimming as it acts as a barrier.  I haven't done this so not sure if it works...his swim class is first thing in the morning so it's the last thing on my mind!

She also prescribed Sigmacort which I use sparingly after his shower which helped immensely.  He doesn't get it at all now.

HTH

#5 Lorikant

Posted 22 November 2012 - 08:57 AM

Hi there,
DD has the same issue and I use A'Kin bottom balm all over her prior to her lessons. It's parabin and perfume free and it works well. We also use QV flare up shower wash on her immediately after she finishes her lesson as I found letting, her wait until we got home for. Bath made it worse. Good luck I hope you find something that helps.

#6 JKC81

Posted 22 November 2012 - 09:08 AM

try dermeze ointment, its in a white tub with a blue label. Its a lot like vaseline and its around $16 for 500g so should last ages, from the chemist. Put it on before going into the pool and then after the pool. Also try bathing in Alhpa kerri bath oil and maybe get a steroid ointment from your gp

Edited by JKC81, 22 November 2012 - 09:10 AM.


#7 Feralmummacat

Posted 22 November 2012 - 09:18 AM

We had the same problem and ended up having to stop swimming lessons as it was all over DS1 body. He was a red and bloody mess from the scratching. DS1 was not listening in class as he was so itchy he was just trying to scratch in the pool.

That said it was a little indoor swimming pool and you nearly pasted out when you walked in the door from the chlorine fumes.

We have since gone to the newer larger pool twice and have not had as much issues. What I did was layer him up with Dermeze moisturiser just before we left to go to the pool. Dermeze is 100% paraffin and has a consistence similar to vaseline. I also shower him at the pool and apply Dermeze again at the pool.

I think the main thing is that you need to keep their skin well moisturised all the time.

I need to re-enrol him in swimming lessons now since his skin has gotten better.

Edited by mummacat, 22 November 2012 - 09:20 AM.


#8 Luvmy4

Posted 22 November 2012 - 09:26 AM

we used a base massage oil like apricot, avocado or grapeseed oil before swimming nothing petroleum based as this can flare the eczema. Just rub it in where ever needed.


#9 MintyBiscuit

Posted 22 November 2012 - 09:35 AM

thanks everyone original.gif

we use QV moisturiser at the moment, and have sigmacort for flare ups but I only like to use this sparingly. will look into the Dermeze and the QV flare up range. we're lucky that it isn't too severe, but I don't want to let it get worse

#10 raone

Posted 22 November 2012 - 09:42 AM

You could try a barrier cream. It soaks into the skin so at least he wont be slippery. I used to use tough hands from the supermarket because my hands were constantly wet at work. But it all depends on the severity.

#11 Feralmummacat

Posted 22 November 2012 - 09:50 AM

OP

I get my Dermeze from the Chemist Warehouse and it is only $11.99. This is the cheapest place I have been able to find it.

By the way Deremeze was developed by the Pharmacy Department at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne with their dermatologists for kids with eczema and other skin conditions.  

Good Luck

#12 Feral_Pooks

Posted 22 November 2012 - 11:01 AM

I would be slathering bath oil on him before I left home, then kids balm in the hotspots just before swimming. I'd rinse him off after the swim. Then I would take him home and wash him in a bath with bath oil and pool salts. I'd then add the cortisone cream to the hotspots after the bath, and then 5 mins later slather in the kids balm. I'd dress him minimally, and only in cotton if anything.

I would not bother with any of the fancy creams or potions. Mi tried a bunch of them and then saw a specialist who advised not to waste the time and money. DS has terrible eczema and all we use is QV bath oil, pool salts, QV kids balm, and cortisone cream. His skin looks amazing. If you would like more info PM original.gif

#13 PurpleNess

Posted 22 November 2012 - 11:03 AM

We use Paw Paw ointment on the spots before entering the water, wash well in QV oil afterwards & moisturize with Sorbolene ( 10% Glycerin) Works really well.

#14 Feral Madam Mim

Posted 22 November 2012 - 04:24 PM

I have found that sunscreen works really well, DS1 gets eczema really bad, we had to pull him out of swimming lessons as it was just beyond control, now though we have a good management plan and if we smother him in sunscreen before leaving the house and then moisturise when we get home he does ok, the bad spots we do have to control with a steroid cream but as we get on top of it right away we are able to control it with a much smaller amount now.

If nothing you use is working speak to your GP, there are a variety of different creams out there and it is all about finding the one that works best with your childs skin.

#15 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 22 November 2012 - 04:33 PM

We use dermeze too, also good for the beach when the salt and sand stings eczema.

#16 Mama8

Posted 22 November 2012 - 04:40 PM

also try bathing him instead of showering, showering strips the natural oils out making the skin dry.


#17 Ally'smum

Posted 22 November 2012 - 04:44 PM

we had to stop swimming lessons for this reason, GP said there wasn't a lot we could do so we are waiting for next year to see if it gets better.




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