Mum, I’m itchy!

photo credit: Kalexanderson via photopin

photo credit: Kalexanderson via photopin

With summer you get BBQs, late nights, cold beers, fun in the sun, swimming at the lakes and lots of family memories.

Also, with summer you get scraped knees, tired babies and … swimmers itch.

Yup, the dreaded swimmers itch. I got it all the time as a kid. As a kid you throw a band aid over a cut and everything is all better. Put some calamine lotion on the itchy bug bites and its great. Aloe on that sun burn, excellent. Kids bounce back so quickly. To be honest I think it’s harder on the parents then it is the kid.

Well I suppose it’s pay back from all the times that I got swimmers itch as a kid because my little fish got swimmers itch. Kids are more susceptible to it as they have such sensitive skin. Scarlett didn’t even notice she had it.

I kept checking her mood. ‘does she notice? Is she itching now…oh no she was just playing with a toy.” Oh she’s crying, is it because she is itchy?. To be honest it looks worst then it is.

All I did to treat it was dap her with calamine lotion to ease any discomfort (if any). Like I said before, she didn’t even know she had any.

Another way you can easy any itchiness you may have, or think your child may have, is to run a shallow bath with 3 tablespoons of baking soda.

How do you get swimmers itch you may ask? Kids get it more than adults because they play in the shallow water, where the water may not necessarily move a whole lot. It’s from the algae be stagnate. It’s also from being is a damp bathing suit all day and not properly drying off.

I will confess, I freaked out a little when I found the rash. All I wanted was someone to tell me that I was over reacting. But the faces I was getting from people were, Gee I don’t know. Insert worried look here. This makes me panic more, when I’m the calm one. Then I start to question myself, shouldn’t I be the one who needs to be flipping out and give the worried faces?

Couple ways to help prevent swimmers itch.

  • Dry off immediately after you get out of the water
  • Don’t swim in the shallow water
  • Make sure to check reports about the local lakes
  • If showers are available use them to rinse off the water you just swam in

Lesson I learnt here, go with those wicked Mothering instincts, they haven’t steered me wrong yet.

You can check out more info about Swimmers itch here http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthfiles/hfile52.stm

xoxo Ashley

** I am not a health care professional, just a Mum. Please consult your doctor if you have health concerns.

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