ADVICE & TIPS
Our tips for itchy, scratchy skin
In the bathroom
Little tips for parents
Does breastfeeding protect my child from eczema?
Is eczema linked to the diet?
How should I dress my child if they have eczema?
Can I bathe my child if they have eczema?
Is eczema psychosomatic?
Will my child have asthma?
Can we have a domestic animal?
Are there cleansing rules to follow around the house?
Can my child go out in the sun?
The emollient massage,
a moment of special care
Apply an emollient cream twice a day. A massage with emollient cream is a powerful moment of a day for an atopic child. It's a moment of gentleness and soothing. It is also a moment of contact, tenderness and time with Mum or Dad. Lay the child down before massaging each area, take a small amount of the emollient cream and warm it up between your hands.
1The lower limbsMassage from the ankle to the thigh, starting from behind and finishing in front.
2The upper limbsMassage from the wrist to the armpits.
3The torsoPlace your hands flat against the base of the stomach. Make large circular motions, going up towards the neck with your hands parallel. At the neck, move your hands down along the length of the shoulders for an encircling motion.
4The backSeat your child. Place your hands on the lower back. Make large circular motions, going up towards the nape of the neck.
5The nape of the neckMake large circular motions, if necessary going all the way up to the ears, massaging them with your fingertips without forgetting the junction between the earlobe and the cheek.
6The faceMassage with your fingers, symmetrically. Place your fingers flat against the top of their forehead, descend towards the top of the temples and come back under the nose, sliding under the eyes. Descend along the nostrils, smooth the cheeks and descend towards the neck, passing by the chin. If necessary, apply the emollient cream on the eyelids, mouth and the corners of the mouth with your fingertips.
7The handsPlace the child's hand on your fingers, massage it by alternating your thumbs. Massage the back of the hand from the tip of each finger, towards the wrist.
8The feetThe massage is done by alternating your thumbs. Massage the sole of the foot as well as each toe with your thumbs, then massage the top of the foot, going up to the ankle.