Itchiness is a prevalent and frustrating symptom among children. Whether it is triggered by bites from chiggers or mosquitoes, poison ivy or hives, the itchiness can leave children miserable and urge them to scratch all day and end up with sleepless nights.
Luckily, even if the exact cause of the itchiness is not determined, there are common treatment measures for the itchiness that can provide relief including over-the-counter anti-itch medications.
Home remedies for itchiness
Aside from some of the commonly used anti-itch medications, other measures that can keep the itchiness at bay include the following:
- Keep the fingernails of the child properly trimmed and short
- Dress the child in light, loose, cotton-based clothing
- Take a cool or lukewarm bath or shower and avoid using hot water
- Make sure that the child will not become overheated since sweating is likely to trigger further itchiness
- You have to keep the child distracted to prevent scratching the area
- Make sure that the skin of the child will not become too dry
- Look for a suitable over-the-counter anti-itch medication and make sure that they are handy for immediate use once a child develops an itchy rash since scratching can make the itchy rashes worse
- Avoid the potential triggers for the itchiness especially if the child has eczema and skin allergies. Apply an insect repellant and instruct the child to avoid being exposed to poison ivy which are common triggers.
Non-steroidal topical medications
Most of the medications in this category can be utilized along with a topical steroid cream to offer all-out relief either with or short of an oral antihistamine. Just remember not to combine topical and oral diphenhydramine though.
These medications are the main over-the-counter itch relief measures and includes various brands of 0.5% or 1% hydrocortisone. Remember that steroids must be avoided if a child is suspected with any type of infection as the cause for the itchiness. Remember that these work effectively for inflammatory or allergic forms of itchy rashes such as from poison ivy and insect bites.
Diphenhydramine is the standard oral antihistamine that is commonly used for itchiness. It is available over-the-counter and available in various forms. The drawback is that it is short-acting and can make children drowsy.
If the over-the-counter measures do not work, the doctor will assess the child and recommend a potent anti-itch medication. These medications typically include stronger topical steroid creams.