We all know the benefits of a good bedtime routine, but for a child with eczema a structured approach to getting ready to sleep is particularly important.
It is never easy for kids or adults to sleep well with the incessant sleep disturbances that having eczema can bring. And while your child’s current routine may consist of soothing baths, moisturising emollients and ScratchSleeves pyjamas, you may like to consider some simple acupressure to alleviate eczema symptoms and to help your child to wind down.
Before trying acupressure at home, it’s advisable to speak to a qualified acupuncture and acupressure therapist who can give you tips on treatments and show you the correct approach. In this article, Emma Guy of Acupuncture that Works, explains which acupressure points to use and offers advice on how to get started.
Can acupressure help alleviate the symptoms of eczema?
There are various studies that have shown that acupressure can help to decrease the dreaded eczema itch. Though it doesn’t work for everyone, the relaxation benefits are widely accepted.
Relaxation is an important element in the management of eczema and one of the most significant issues impacting quality sleep is stress. Stress is both a common trigger for eczema as well as hampering a quality night’s rest.
As lack of sleep makes us more vulnerable to infection as well as more sensitive to pain, it is vital for children with eczema to get enough good quality slumber.
What is acupressure?
Acupressure should not be confused with acupuncture as no needles are involved, and it’s appropriate for treatment of young children and even babies. The careful pressing motion on specific points of the body is much like a massage. So even if eczema symptoms are not reduced with acupressure, the chances are your child will enjoy the relaxing sensation which can help them to sleep well.
Acupressure points for eczema
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This is an acupressure and acupuncture point that relates to skin conditions such as eczema. This point is just above the kneecap. With your child lying down, you should rub this point in circular motions for around 30 seconds. Then repeat on the other leg. If you can, build up to a minute of massage on each leg. Depending on how long your child can relax and lay still for, this is suitable for children of all ages.
If you want to promote sleep, then the Yin Tang point is located between the eyes. This acupressure point is said to alleviate discomfort and pain. It is also known as the sleep-inducing point, and many parents say it helps when their babies are inconsolable. This point is located just above the eyebrows in the centre of the face. You can find many videos available to help you determine this spot and how to massage it effectively.
Let us know how you get on
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