Managing back to school and atopic skin
Going back to school can be challenging. Adjusting to new schedules, separation from parents, academic and social expectations, and interactions with other children can create stress.
This stress can influence the immune system and trigger an inflammatory response in the skin, leading to the onset or worsening of atopic dermatitis symptoms.
If you continue reading this article, you will discover:
- Tips to reduce back-to-school stress.
- How to manage atopic dermatitis in the school environment.
How to avoid back-to-school stress
In addition to the stress from returning to school, sensitive and atopic skin can cause additional pressure in children. This fact becomes a vicious circle, as the stress generated by going back to school can aggravate the symptoms of atopic dermatitis. In turn, suffering from dermatitis can be stressful if children do not know how to handle it in the school environment.
Overall, these tips can help reduce back-to-school stress:
- Plan ahead. Prepare everything you need the day before, such as uniforms, school supplies, and backpacks. This will prevent rushing and anxiety in the morning.
- Establish routines. Create a daily routine before going to school. You can make a to-do list that includes getting dressed, combing their hair, brushing their teeth, making the bed, getting the backpack…
- Talk openly. Talk to your children about their expectations and concerns about school. Listening to their thoughts can help relieve stress.
- Celebrate accomplishments. Recognize and celebrate your child’s achievements, no matter how small. This builds confidence and reduces anxiety.
- Create positive traditions. Establish unique back-to-school traditions, such as a family dinner, a fun activity, or a game day.
Atopic dermatitis control in the school environment
Even if we apply these tips to reduce stress, atopic dermatitis may be present due to other triggers and affect school performance.
It is essential to ensure the child’s skin is well-hydrated. Apply a hypoallergenic moisturizer frequently, especially after the shower.
It is also important to avoid triggers such as harsh detergents, perfumed soaps, or rough fabrics. In addition, children are more than likely to sweat in the playground or during physical education, and this can aggravate atopic dermatitis. If possible, they should shower to avoid the accumulation of allergens present in sweat.
Make sure teachers know that your child suffers atopic dermatitis. Talk to them about any special care they may need. For example, they may need to apply moisturizer or sit away from heat sources, such as classroom radiators.
At Prospera Biotech, after more than 20 years of research, we have developed formulations that act on the neurosensory system to care for sensitive and atopic-prone skin.
The neurodermatological formulation of the Nocisens® line restores the neurosensorial balance, helping to soothe the itching characteristic of atopic dermatitis, moisturizing the skin, and restoring its natural balance. Nocisens Baby® is especially indicated for the youngest members of the family, from 0 to 3 years of age.
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Keywords: stress; back to school; children; atopic dermatitis
- American Academy of Dermatology Association. Stress: Is it a common eczema trigger? https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/eczema/childhood/triggers/stress
- American Academy of Dermatology Association. What can help a child manage eczema triggers at school? https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/eczema/childhood/triggers/school
- Educo (7 september2017). 7 consejos para evitar el estrés en la vuelta al cole. https://www.educo.org/blog/7-consejos-para-evitar-el-estres-en-la-vuelta-al-cole