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helping my child's dry skin

My child has dry skin – what can I do to keep their skin healthy?

Dry skin is an uncomfortable condition where the skin becomes itchy, scaly and starts to crack. Looking after your child’s skin may take a lot of time and can be stressful, especially seeing them in pain from scratching so much. It can happen for a number of reasons, but it is important to remember that managing dry skin by using effective skincare products in a regular skincare routine will help keep your child’s skin healthy. With some children dry skin can be harmless, but for others if the skin is not regularly moisturised, it can trigger skin irritation, itchy skin and eczema.

What can cause my child’s skin to become dry?
  • Cold weather – Skin tends to be driest in winter, because of the dry air, cold temperatures and low humidity, making dry skin and eczema flare ups common. Using heaters and fireplaces during winter may also contribute to low humidity and drying of the skin.
  • Hot weather – During hot weather, your child will sweat more to try and regulate their body temperature, causing water loss from their body and drying out their skin. This can break down the skin’s natural barrier, making it harder to keep bacteria and irritants away from the body and increase the risk of infection.
  • Harsh soaps and detergents – Many available soaps, detergents and shampoos contain harsh chemicals that help remove oil from the skin, but can also strip the skin of moisture.

Where on the body is dry skin common?

Most dry skin is caused by environmental factors such as weather, low humidity and having showers and baths where the water is too hot. Hands, arms, and legs are the most common areas of the body to become dry. In most instances, dry skin can be managed using an intensive moisturiser.

What does dry skin look like?

  • Flaking, itching, peeling and scaling of the skin
  • Dullness and redness of the skin
  • Rough patches on the skin
  • Grey, ashy skin with cracks that if left untreated can bleed

What can I do to help my child’s skin?

Using a hydrating as well as cleansing bath soak to add moisture into your child’s skin during bath time will add moisture into the skin and coat the skin to prevent water loss. When you take your child out of the bath gently pat their skin without drying it completely. Then moisturise immediately while their skin is still a bit damp. Moisturise their skin again in the morning to protect it during the day.  Choosing to moisturise their skin with an ointment, like our itchy baby co. moisturiser, rather than a cream or lotion will work better for dry skin. This is because it stays on the skin for longer to lock in hydration and stop water escaping from the skin’s surface.

 

This blog post was brought to you and your family with love and care from Julia and the itchy baby co. team x.

Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional.

eczema bath

How often should you bath a baby with eczema?

Can I bath my eczema baby every night?

Regular bath time is very important for your eczema child because bath time helps to cleanse the skin to stop irritation at the skin’s surface and also prepare the skin to absorb the most amount of hydration from applying moisturiser to dampened skin. 

Children with eczema often have irritated, itchy and red skin on different parts of the body. This can be because of an overactive immune system causing issues and deficiency in the skin barrier. This results in bacteria and other allergens being able to get into your child’s skin, as well as the skin not being able to retain enough moisture making the skin dry, itchy and irritated. Regular bathing can help to wash the bacteria and allergens away from the skin’s surface as well as increase the amount of moisture we are able to add to the skin.

How does regular bathing add moisture to the skin and help eczema?

Eczema and dry skin go hand in hand and the most effective way to hydrate your child’s body is by adding the extra moisture it needs – and there is no better way to do this than by bathing and moisturising to reduce flare ups and lessen the need to itch and scratch dry and irritated skin.

Important rules to follow with bathing and eczema:

  • keep bath time short, no longer than ten minutes
  • make sure the bath water is lukewarm – not too hot and not too cold
  • avoid using soaps and bubble baths which can really dry the skin out by stripping it bare of its surface protection
  • add a moisturising and cleansing bath soak to the lukewarm bath water
  • towel drying by gently patting is effective as it leaves the skin slightly damp, ready for the moisturiser to be used, without drying out and irritating the skin too much
  • moisturise the skin within two minutes of taking your child out of the bath
  • did  I mention moisturise…

More tips for bathing an eczema child

  • micro-fibre towels are good for drying the skin after a bath because they are so soft and don’t tend to ‘harden’ in the washing machine
  • cuddle your child dry, rather than wiping the towel around their body
  • always avoid waterless, antibacterial cleansers as they often contain chemicals that are rough on the skin and may increase the incidence of flare ups 

This blog post was brought to you and your family with love and care from Julia and the itchy baby co. team x.

Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional.