Recently we posted a question on Facebook regarding the best solutions for putting lotion on an infant or toddler with ichthyosis, (so it doesn’t feel like a wrestling match!) The answers were so remarkably unique, we not only wanted to say thank you for your creativity, but we also wanted to share these helpful tips with the entire FIRST family – particularly those caring for a child with ichthyosis…
- DVD player and an Elmo movie
- IPad and we watch music videos on YouTube
- I sang songs to my daughter. When she got older, we played name that tune. She is in 6th grade now and still asks to play name that tune when she is soaking in the tub.
- Sing to them! Or let them run around while you chase them and apply their lotion… This gives you both a good workout.
- Center yourself with deep breaths before and during applications. Be aware of your facial expressions and tone of voice and seek to impart calmness and empathy. If humor is at your finger tips, giggle with your child as she or he squirms. Use a soothing lullaby or music to accompany you. Give your toddler a plastic doll and lotion so they can play at being the one in charge. Give lots of time for open ended play.
- Let them “help” with a little coconut oil so if it goes in their mouth it’s safe.
- Try to turn it into a fun game.
- Make up creaming songs with all the body parts.
“This is how we cream our tummy….”
- Give them a toy to hold. Sing a song. Tickle in between rubbing.
- My husband and I make it a game and have our 23 month old help us out. She’s gotten to the point where she will tell us where to put it on next.
- If they aren’t light sleepers, while they slumber. Otherwise you need 2 people, one to hold them still, the other to apply. Singing was always a way to improve an arduous task.