Back to school and atopic skin, what can we do?

Going back to school is not always easy. Adjusting to new schedules, separation from parents, academic and social expectations, and interactions with peers can cause stress in children.

This stress can influence the immune system and trigger an inflammatory response in the skin, which in turn can lead 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 generated by going back to school, the presence of sensitive and atopic-prone skin in itself can place additional stress on children. This becomes a vicious circle, as the stress generated by going back to school can aggravate the symptoms of atopic dermatitis, and in turn, suffering from dermatitis can be stressful if children are not clear about how to manage it in the school environment.

Generally speaking, these tips can help reduce back-to-school stress:

  1. Plan ahead. Prepare everything you need the day before in advance, such as uniforms, school supplies and backpacks. This will prevent rushing and anxiety in the morning.
  2. Establish routines. Create a daily routine before school. You can make a to-do list that includes getting dressed, combing hair, brushing teeth, making the bed, getting the backpack, etc.
  3. Talk openly. Talk to your children about their expectations and concerns about school. Listening to their thoughts can help relieve stress.
  4. Celebrate achievements. Acknowledge and celebrate your children’s achievements, however small. This builds confidence and reduces anxiety.
  5. Create positive traditions. Establish special back-to-school traditions, such as a family dinner, a fun activity or a play day.

Managing dermatitis in the school environment

Even if we apply these tips to reduce stress, atopic dermatitis can still be present due to other triggers and affect school performance.
It is very important to make sure that the child’s skin is well moisturised. A hypoallergenic moisturiser should be applied liberally and frequently, especially after getting out of 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 take a shower to prevent the build-up of allergens in sweat.

Make sure teachers know that your child has atopic dermatitis. Talk to them about any special care they may need. For example, they may need to apply moisturiser 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 neurosensory balance, helping to soothe the itching characteristic of atopic dermatitis, moisturising the skin and restoring its natural balance. Nocisens Baby® is particularly suitable for the youngest members of the family, from 0 to 3 years old.

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