Discipline to stop child from scratching??

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Girasol

Plano, TX

#1 Feb 1, 2011
How do you stop it immediately for that moment? How far have you gone when moisturizers and cold towels don't work? My son will kick and scream if I try and pull his hand away when scratching. His grandparents just pick him and baby him, but I believe that is more damaging because he won't be four years old forever. At night if I tried everything to soothe his skin and he doesn't stop scratching and peeling his skin off, I pull off his blanket and make him stand up until he decides to keep his hands down. He hates it so much. But after crying a minute more, he stops scratching and I let him crawl back into bed, tuck him in and after a little more sniffling, he will drift back to sleep, miserable of course. Punishing him for scratching seems miserably evil, but I can't let him get carried away each time! How do you handle it besides repeating the famous "don't scratch."????

Since: Feb 11

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#3 Feb 15, 2011
Kids are not mature like us; they need to be tackled with love. I will go with natural products for treatment. Chemical based products may harm their soft and fluffy skin but natural products are safe for use.

Since: Mar 11

New York

#4 Mar 13, 2011
Girasol wrote:
How do you stop it immediately for that moment? How far have you gone when moisturizers and cold towels don't work? My son will kick and scream if I try and pull his hand away when scratching. His grandparents just pick him and baby him, but I believe that is more damaging because he won't be four years old forever. At night if I tried everything to soothe his skin and he doesn't stop scratching and peeling his skin off, I pull off his blanket and make him stand up until he decides to keep his hands down. He hates it so much. But after crying a minute more, he stops scratching and I let him crawl back into bed, tuck him in and after a little more sniffling, he will drift back to sleep, miserable of course. Punishing him for scratching seems miserably evil, but I can't let him get carried away each time! How do you handle it besides repeating the famous "don't scratch."????
Trim his nails really short. When he feels really itchy and you already put on his cream, just rub his back or something that will relax him.
Shauna

New York, NY

#5 Apr 7, 2011
Just love him, love him, and baby him as much as you can. Eczema is hard enough to deal with, he needs as much comfort as he can get.

My son suffered from eczema from the time he was 4 months old. We tried every remedy we came across, from the steroid creams prescibed by the dermatologist, to every crazy thing we could find online. Here is what finally helped him - acupuncture and Chinese herbs. I would NEVER have believed it, if I hadn't seen it happen to my own child. I'm posting everywhere I can, to let people know, as I would often go to bed at night in tears when nothing had worked. It is so tough to see your child suffer.

He was two when we started treatment, so we know it wasn't just a placebo effect. He had no preconceived notions of what this was supposed to do for him. It took two visits before we started to see impovement; probably because they had started us on a different set of herbs at first. We went to Jill Blakeway, in Manhattan. I can't say enough wonderful things about her. I have a blog, where you can see his results. I'm sharing this info freely, not asking for anything, just hoping we can help others in the same situation. www.lilelephants.blogspot.com

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