If your child has dry skin, keeping skin clean and moisturized is important.
This will help child to be healthy and irritant free.
Here are tips to take care of dry skin in kids:
1. Baths: Child should bathe once a day. It will introduce moisture into skin and removes any toxic irritants and helps to prevent infections.
- Use lukewarm water not too hot water.
- Use mild and unscented soap and use it to the body parts that are visibly dirty and armpits and genital area.
- Allow your child to play in bathing water fore few minutes so that water soaks body.
- Pat dry the skin with a soft towel.
- If your child’s age is suitable to use moisturizer, then apply moisturizing lotion or ointment.
2. Moisturizer: When you apply moisturizer child will feel less itchy. Best time to apply moisturizer is right after bath as it seals the skin for entire day. Creams and ointments are better for child as both products are thicker. Select unscented, natural creams.
3. Medication cream: If your child is prescribed with skin medication, then apply medication first and then use moisturizer (talk to doctor about this).
4. Dress: Use cotton clothing. Wool or synthetic fabrics will cause itching and irritation and may result in rashes. To avoid and prevent itching dress your child with one-piece pajamas at night. If you can afford then there are many therapeutic clothing products are available for kids who suffer from dermatitis, eczema and other allergic conditions.
5. Avoid nickel: Nickle is present in many products including jeans, jewelry, razors etc. Stop using such products. Check labels before buying any such things that touches your child’s body. Nickle increases child’s eczema.
6. Fingernails: Keep child’s fingernails short to prevent itching and skin breaks
7. Laundry detergents: Do not use scented laundry detergents and fabric softener while laundering child’s clothes and sheets.
Talk to your child’s pediatrician if you see rashes despite being taken care of kids skin.
Visit https://www.nationwidechildrens.org for more information on kids health.
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Author: Sumana Rao | Posted on: June 27, 2018