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Play sand and eczema

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Shirkingfromhome Thu 28-Jan-16 19:57:03

Does anyone else's dc react badly to play sand (the indoor type)? DS(2) has a sand tray in nursery and for a while he's been getting pretty bad flare ups on his cheeks. It only happens in nursery (as in the flare up happens that evening or during the night) and this is the only thing that's different between home and nursery (we've eliminated foods etc.,).

Going forward does anyone have any helpful suggestions as to how I can manage this without being totally pfb? I can't ask the staff to remove the sand because the other kids play with it, and I can't realistically expect the staff to watch him 100% of the time to guarantee he doesn't go near it. He has cream at home that I can ask them to apply if he does go in it and they've agreed to wash his face and hands if / when he does. Does this sound like a sensible solution? Any other tips? Thank you

Akire Thu 28-Jan-16 20:06:05

Are you sure it's sand? Is he throwing it around that much gets in face? Good to wash hands after so can't itch it in but most 2y woulnt throw it around as goes in your eyes they learn that pretty quick.

Have you ruled out what they are using on his face wipes or cloth? Or is he using play dough that's v salty and if he's got on hands then it would irrate of touches face.

Looked after lots of children with sand and excema it would obviously itch hands and arms more but never seen it on faces.

Akire Thu 28-Jan-16 20:07:23

Obviously mean seen excema on faces just not as stand alone flare up!

Akire Thu 28-Jan-16 20:24:33

Failing that a baseball type hat might work if it is sand getting throwing around to protect his face

Shirkingfromhome Thu 28-Jan-16 20:30:48

Not 100% but it's the only thing he doesn't have at home. I've taken a sheet in for him to lie-on at nap time (in case it was cleaning products), his own wipes, he has play dough at home and has used home-made play dough there with no reaction. We get a report at the end of each day so I've been keeping an eye on what he's been playing with / eating and his reaction. The play sand is the only thing I can consistently narrow it down to. He's not throwing it around but he has a very clear reaction to it. It's the Dr that's treated it as eczema even though I'm not sure as it's only happened when he moved rooms in nursery last year (which also had play sand in it). He didn't get it in the room before this (no play sand).

Akire Thu 28-Jan-16 20:35:57

Play sand can get very dirty and dusty if it's not cleaned or changed often. That could be triggering skin reaction? If previous room got through more sand (younger kids throwing on floor more) might just been cleaner?

That's all my tips sorry!

Shirkingfromhome Thu 28-Jan-16 21:00:11

Thanks Akire smile

Shirkingfromhome Fri 29-Jan-16 07:16:44

<shameless bump>

Vinorosso74 Sat 30-Jan-16 09:56:27

Could be the sand my DD sometimes reacted to it but the thing I found worst was they would set up bath tubs with baby bubble bath in for them to wash the 'babies' (dolls) in and her eczema would flare up really badly.

Shirkingfromhome Sat 30-Jan-16 10:08:31

Thanks Vinorosso74 I'll check if they put anything in the water too - hadn't thought of that.

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