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Does your child tend to have dry or damaged skin? This is a somewhat common problem. Tailored care will allow him/her to recover soft skin.
Parents know that there's nothing softer than a child's skin. However, this unparalleled softness is synonymous with fragility. It is important to take the proper daily actions in order to care for your child's skin. By doing so, you will avoid dry skin problems and prevent eczema.
Dry skin results from the deterioration of the natural barrier that keeps the skin hydrated. While your child plays in the pool, builds sand castles or skates, his/her skin is exposed to various factors that can irritate it or dry it out. The sun, wind, cold or frequent handwashing, and contact with irritating agents are examples of subtle threats to the skin.
Fortunately, we can protect skin from small daily assaults, so it can stay healthy.
Children of all ages can have dry skin at some point in time. However, some of them are more prone to it than others. Some children can have very delicate skin that has a tendency for dryness; easily irritated, it is sometimes referred to as intolerant, because it often reacts to various "aggressors". This is the case, for instance, when a child suffers from a skin condition like eczema, also called "atopic dermatitis".
Young children who have atopic dermatitis often complain of discomfort and itching. Rough or red skin can be observed. Scratching can sometimes worsen irritation or lead to the onset of skin lesions.
If your child complains of discomfort or scratches frequently, or if the skin has an abnormal appearance, speak to your doctor so he/she can make a diagnosis. This will enable you to provide your child with the best-suited skin care.
Here is some advice to take appropriate care of your child's skin:
When taking a bath or shower, ensure that the water temperature is warm (not hot)
Limit the duration of the bath or shower (ideally to 10 minutes).
When possible, have your child take a bath or shower every second day instead of daily.
Avoid soap-based cleansers, as they tend to dry out skin and are too harsh for young children. Instead, opt for a gentle, hypoallergenic, and unscented product.
After a bath or shower, tap your child's skin dry with a soft towel rather than rubbing it.
Then, apply a quality unscented moisturizer or emollient. Some products are designed for very delicate, atopic or itchy skin.
Reapply the product that was chosen at another time of the day to maintain skin hydration as needed.
Protect your child's skin from the sun.
Place a humidifier in your child's room, especially in winter.
The skin protects your child everywhere he/she goes. Why not provide him/her with gentle care every day? Don't hesitate to speak to your pharmacist for additional information about skin care.
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