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CLOTHING: Keep it light

 

Kids with eczema can very easily get too hot.

Children with eczema have a hard time sweating and cooling themselves.

When they get too hot, their rash gets worse.

 

Your child needs one less layer than you do.

  • Shirts:
    • When you wear a long sleeve shirt, your child should wear a short sleeve shirt.
  • Pants:
    • When you wear full length pants, your child should wear short pants.
  • Pajamas:
    • When you wear full-length pajamas, your child should wear a short-sleeved top and short pants.
  • Blankets:
    • When you use a heavy blanket or comforter, cover your child with a light blanket.
    • When you use a light blanket, use only a sheet for your child.
    • Never use sleep sacks, heavy onesies or heavy blankets.
  • Sweaters indoors:
    • If the room temperature is 68 degrees or higher and you are wearing a sweater, do not put one on your child.
  • Jackets outdoors:
    • When you wear a heavy jacket, put a light jacket on your child.

 

The touch test does not work.

If you are concerned and want to decide if your child is too hot or too cold be careful what method you use. You cannot determine a child’s body temperature by putting your hand on your child’s skin.

 

A more reliable test:

  • If your child is sweating, your child is too hot.
  • If your child is shivering or has “goose bumps” on the arms or legs, your child is too cold.

 

In Short:

 

Is my child too hot?

If your child is sweating, your child is too hot.

Is my child too cold?

If your child is shivering or has “goose bumps” on the arms or legs, your child is too cold.

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