Tips for keeping a toddler from scratching?
March 15, 2011 6:07 AM Subscribe
I need a physical method of preventing my toddler from scratching her lower arm/wrist while she's in bed.
posted by Mayor Curley to health & fitness (21 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My kid is 28 months old and inherited my sensitive skin. She has a fairly chronic rash on her lower arms and wrists that we're treating under medical supervision. It's better for the most part, but one obstacle has been that she'll absolutely tear at the affected area while asleep or in her bed unsupervised, pushing up the sleeves of her pjs and scratching until she bleeds onto her sheets. We're between cycles of prescription-strength cortisone lotion, so the problem is worse right now.
So we need to physically prevent her from attacking the affected area, but I'm sot sure how to do it, beyond binding one of her arms up at bed time, which doesn't seem realistic. Any ideas for sleepwear or techniques we can use to reduce or eliminate the scratching?
Any additions or critiques of how we're prepping her? She gets a colloidal oatmeal bath every couple of days (which seems to help greatly but we're weary of diminishing its effectiveness by doing it daily), then cortisone lotion when we're on-cycle followed by neosporin on any fresh cuts and finally a layer of Eucerin. She gets a dose of benadryl before bed as well. Her skin, except for the places where she's broken the skin, appears healthy and normal now.