Discipline to stop child from scratch...

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
Daniella

North Hollywood, CA

#6 Jan 16, 2015
A trick I used for Exczema is to cover him ointment and then put him inside his Zipadee-zip! This keeps the ointment on him longer and prevents him from scratching himself, and he then becomes a Sleeping Baby.
Rocio

North Hollywood, CA

#7 Jan 16, 2015
My biggest issue my sons eczema was that he would scratch him self to bits! I decided to get him a Zipadee-zip, since the feet and hands are sewn shut. This keeps his hands insulated! I no longer needs mittens as well! Anyways it keeps my LO from scratching himself and because it its a sleeping suit, I can put his ointment on and suit him up! 
LAMom

Edmond, OK

#8 Feb 3, 2015
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."????
I don't think kids at 4 can be disciplined to stop something like itching. Ice works really well to stop the itching. Maybe you can do that until he gets to sleep? We have found that works. We also use MetaDerm which really helps. My kid can carry the spray and use it whenever it itches because it is herbal. Sleeping through the nite fine now. Good luck, it's tough.
Joy

Los Angeles, CA

#10 Apr 10, 2015
Have you tried the ointment and sleeping suit trick? I find that covering my daughter with ointment and putting her in a sleeping suit helps to relieve her from scratching herself. And for sleeping suits, I personally like the Zipadee-Zip because it covers her hands so she doesn't end up scratching herself.
handmadebyme

Aberdeen, UK

#11 Jun 4, 2015
hi i found scratch mittens pretty useless till i started making my own that tie on and i have recently started making them in bulk to sell. ive been making them for our son for the past 3 years and have no idea what we would do without them as he is getting older he is learning not to scratch but still wears them at night.

they honestly do work very well our sons has drastically improved so if anyone is interested they are available on facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/1607425649543... and ebay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/161724471534...

Since: Jun 15

Oakland, CA

#12 Jun 4, 2015
Hi! I have two kiddos of my own at home whom have eczema also. We have struggled to keep them from itching and scratching throughout the last couple years. We had tried various lotions and prescribed topical medications but nothing seemed to relieve their pain. I felt terrible yelling at them, and did not opt for the scratch mittens, although I have been tempted. I did find this cream that does the immediate fix. It's the easy eczema cream from Trukid. It's all natural and steroid free so it can be applied on an as needed basis. In my household, we urge the kids to reach for the cream if their itching! They apply it themselves and it has been a lifesaver in these past couple months. Hope you and your son find some relief! I understand how difficult eczema can be!
Barbara4321

San Clemente, CA

#13 Aug 2, 2015
When our daughter had a few run ins with eczema due to food allergies the creams helped and also using lavender on the bottoms of her feet. It helps with allergies in general. Putting her in a sleep sack at night was also the way to go. Luckily she was already using one so it wasn't a transition. The Zipadee-Zip was the best we tried and it was great because she wouldn't scratch her skin and she could rest well.

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