Sleep deprivation from eczema, as previously stated has to be the worst part of dealing with a child with eczema. Obviously it is hard for the child, as their scratching interrupts their sleep patterns and without sleep, the skin will not get the time it needs to heal itself.
Depending on the age of the child, they can find the time to sleep more readily but as a parent you don't always get that luxury. Without quality sleep my ability to function was severely affected.
I would find myself getting very irritable at my daughter and losing my patience very easily. I would end up shouting at her which didn't do either of us any good, in fact it would make me feel lousy afterwards, especially thinking it was the last thing my daughter needed from me, as she was suffering already.
There would be times, especially at nights, where I just couldn't do anything to help her and would find myself crying, night after night. The feeling of guilt was just so immense, I used feel like the worst mother ever. But I now know I was a good mother, as today we've managed to control the eczema instead of letting it control us. Which we could only have done by persevering in our approach and dedication to the problem at hand.
It's important to try to get rest when you can, even if it means letting other chores such as house work slip. You need to get things into perspective and sleep is the second most important thing in your life, the first obviously is your child's well being, therefore everything else is not important and can wait or be overlooked.
If you find that all you're doing is shouting at your child, then try and walk away and have a break, even if it is just for 5 min., obviously this will be very much dependent on your child's age. Or you could try distraction, whereby you try to think of something else, like a good time in your life, such as a pleasant holiday. Doing this will, give your mind a short break and breathing space.
When our daughter was in her cot and things got too much for me, I'd often leave her crying for a few minutes and go into another room to compose myself. Then I'd come back and try to comfort her, this way I wouldn't end up shouting at her.
Sleep deprivation isn't just hard on mothers, fathers need quality sleep too, as they may need to go to work. They simply won't have the luxury of being able to nap to catch up on sleep when they're at work.
To cope my husband changed his commuting by opting to take a much slower train to work, where he could catch up on sleep. Fortunately for him, he also had an employer who had a relaxation area, where my husband could lie down and catch up on some sleep during the lunch hour.
The biggest improvement in our sleep came from using controlled crying, which allowed our daughter to actually learn how to sleep.