Children and Dry Skin
By Advanced Desert Dermatology
September 01, 2016
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Dry Skin  

Children Dry Skin

Dry, flaky or itchy skin can be extremely uncomfortable for your child. Dry skin is a common problem among children, especially during the winter when our bodies are exposed to dry air in the cold outdoors or heated indoor environments. It can occur when the skin lacks moisture and can be treated by returning moisture to the skin or preventing moisture from escaping the skin in the first place. Your dermatologist is available to help you relieve your child’s dry, itchy skin this season.

Maintain Moisture

To prevent dry skin it is important to make sure your child eats a healthy, well-balanced diet with plenty of unsweetened beverages such as milk and water. Also, try to avoid prolonged exposure to the sun, cold air or harsh winds, which can scratch or irritate your child’s delicate skin. Consider using moisturizing soaps or cleansers, and apply lotions, creams or ointments to keep the skin soft and hydrated.

If your child is prone to dry skin, try the following:

  • Limit baths or showers to 2 or 3 times a week
  • Apply a thick moisturizer early and often
  • Humidify your home
  • Visit your dermatologist

We are available to help provide you with proper treatment options for your child’s dry skin. If your child’s skin stays dry, especially if it is red or irritated, you should visit your pediatrician immediately, as this could be a symptom of a health condition.