The baby was crying all night long. It had that awful allergic rash on its skin that was itching constantly, so the child tried to scratch it. Only in the morning did the parents find out that the child scratched itself to blood. They were too tired during the night to notice, and too preoccupied with soothing the child’s pain. In the morning the child fell asleep, but the parents could not sleep any longer. The mother had to take care of the older children, prepare them for school, and the father had to drive the kids to school and go to work. When the children came to the kitchen and saw the parents, they were terrified. Their parents looked and moved like zombies.
Sounds familiar? Did that happen to you? Did you try to do everything to help your baby fall asleep, and get some sleep yourself? If yes, read on. There are a few simple ways to soothe the baby’s itching and to prevent your kid from scratching themselves to blood.
The rash on your kid’s skin can be a symptom of food allergy or other allergy caused by, for example, the washing powder you use, the soap or the shampoo, presence of pets, dust or dust mite, and many other allergens. In that case you will have to find the cause, but before you do let’s look how to reduce the itching effect of the symptoms.
One of the best way to relieve someone from itching is the starch bath. In order to prepare starch bath, you’ll need:
1 tablespoon of starch (potato starch and rice starch are the best)
2-3 teaspoons of cold water
1/2 l (ca. 1 pint) boiling water.
First mix the starch with cold water. Then pour it onto the boiling water and mix well. Boil for a while until thick.
Pour the mixture into the bathtub and add water to reach the temperature of 37 degrees C/99 degrees F.
Bathe your baby for around 15 minutes WITHOUT any other cosmetics.
Helps very often.
The next thing to remember is that itching can be triggered and increased by inappropriate clothing. Pajamas or night gowns can be too hard thus irritating the child’s skin. You must take special care to dress your baby in soft, natural cotton clothes which not only do not irritate skin, but also help it breathe. The same concerns bed clothing. The sheets must be as soft as possible, therefore natural cotton seems the best solution again.
Finally, we have to protect the child from scratching during sleep. Children and adults alike scratch the itching places without waking up very often, and they can hurt themselves this way. The simplest way to protect your child from scratching their body is to put mittens made of soft material on their hands. This way, even if they scratch, they won’t harm themselves.
These are of course basic things, but believe me, they can save you many sleepless nights if you just apply them.