As parents, we know that there’s nothing worse than seeing our little ones tossing and turning in discomfort, especially when they’re dealing with the relentless itching caused by eczema at night. Toddler eczema-itching at nighttime can be distressing for both children and parents alike, often resulting in sleepless nights and irritability. But in this guide, we’ll explore some effective strategies to help soothe eczema itching at night in toddlers, ensuring a more peaceful and restful night’s sleep for your child.

Understanding Eczema Itching at Night

Eczema, (also known as atopic dermatitis) is a very common skin condition that can affect children and toddlers of all ages. It often leads to dry, itchy, and inflamed skin, which has the potential to worsen at night. There are several factors that contribute to this nocturnal discomfort:

– Body Temperature: Our body temperature tends to drop at night, causing skin to lose moisture and become more sensitive. **Children with eczema experience an increase in body temperature, which leads to increased seating.  Whilst sweat is 99% water, the other 1% is a combination of salt, urea and ammonia, which will irritate already sensitive, eczematous skin.

– Increased Blood Flow: Blood flow to the skin increases during sleep, which can exacerbate the need to itch and irritation.

– Sweat and Irritants: Sweat, saliva, and dust mites can accumulate on bedding, further irritating sensitive skin.

Tips to Soothe Eczema Itching at Night

There are many proactive methods of ensuring that symptoms can be minimised, especially at night. Below are some useful tips to keep in mind.

  • Maintain a Consistent Bedtime Routine: Establishing a regular sleep schedule can help regulate your child’s body clock, potentially reducing nighttime itching. This also helps in general to establish a routine that can be consistently followed beyond the infancy years.
  • Keep the Bedroom Cool: Maintain a comfortable and cool sleeping environment to prevent overheating and sweating. Sweat can lead to more skin irritation, and thus keeping a cool temperature reduces the need to endlessly itch.
  • Use a Humidifier: Humidity levels in the home can hugely affect eczema, so using a humidifier or dehumidifier to maintain an even balance can improve your child’s skin comfort. You can also limit the use of air conditioning and keep their room ventilated to avoid fluctuations throughout the night.
  • Choose the Right Bedding: Make sure to opt for soft, breathable, and hypoallergenic bedding materials to minimise skin irritation.
  • Apply Moisturiser Before Bed: Gently apply a hypoallergenic, fragrance-free moisturiser such as Rejuvaskin Recovery Cream. Approved and used by physicians, this ultra moisturising cream includes a blend of botanical ingredients and naturally occurring chemical compounds (meaning no steroids) to fortify, soothe and nourish damaged skin. One of the key foundations of managing eczema lies in gentle skincare practices. Harsh soaps, shampoos and bath oils can strip the skin of its natural oils and exacerbate irritation, whereas mild fragrance-free cleansers can soothe the skin, especially after a bath in lukewarm water – also known as the soak and seal method.
  • Trim Your Child’s Nails: Keeping your child’s nails short is a simple yet highly effective way to prevent excessive scratching. Trimming their nails regularly reduces the potential for damage, and we’d always recommend you file them smooth.
  • Cotton Pyjamas: Happy Skin’s Soothing Eczema Pyjamas are like a hug for your child’s skin, and they are clinically proven to provide 24/7 eczema relief. With no steroids or paraffin-based emollients, DreamSkin® regulates your child’s temperature and protects them from irritants commonly found in laundry detergents. These pyjamas don’t just soothe – they help deliver peaceful nights and a brighter tomorrow, allowing your little one to feel comfortable and relaxed. Steer away from using wool and synthetic fabrics that can irritate sensitive skin.
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before & after of wearing HappySkin eczema clothing

Here at HappySkin, we understand the challenges parents face when dealing with a toddlers need to itch at night-time. That’s why we’ve developed a range of clothing specially designed to soothe, protect, and repair eczema-prone skin in kids and toddlers. Our garments are made from ultra-soft, breathable, and hypoallergenic materials to ensure maximum comfort and minimise irritation. With HappySkin clothing, you can help your child enjoy a more peaceful and restful night’s sleep – consistently!

Our mission is to provide practical solutions for parents and children affected by eczema. We believe that a good night’s sleep is essential for both physical and emotional well-being, and our clothing is designed to support that goal.

Dealing with eczema-itching at night in toddlers can be challenging, but with the right strategies and products, you can help your child find relief and enjoy a better night’s sleep. HappySkin is here to support you in this journey, offering clothing that cares for your child’s sensitive skin, allowing them to sleep more comfortably and wake up happier. Say goodbye to sleepless nights and hello to a more peaceful bedtime routine with HappySkin.

Disclaimer – if your child’s eczema symptoms persist or worsen, consult a doctor for personalised guidance and treatment options.

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