Happy National Healthy Skin Month!

This time of year there is so much to do in preparation for the Holidays. One thing that should not be overlooked is skincare for our little ones. For most of us the weather in the winter months is very different from summer months and therefore adjustments to skincare need to be considered. November is the perfect time to think about your child’s skin care for winter as the air is turning colder and dryer. November is also recognized as National Healthy Skin Month.

Sun Protection

Even though the temps are more mild or cold depending on your location during the winter months, sun protection should still be implemented. The intensity of ultra violet light from the sun will vary depending on your location, but is always strong enough to pose a concern. The sun’s rays reflect off of the snow and can be as intense as a day at the beach. Sunscreen and other sun protection measures should therefore be implemented during the winter months.

Dry skin

The colder months can lead to dry, itchy, irritated skin. Many children suffer from eczema which can be exasperated during winter months. As many as one in ten kids can suffer from eczema also known as atopic dermatitis. There are things we can do to help our little ones be more comfortable.

Common triggers for eczema or atopic dermatitis can be found in the wool in clothes, hot water and dry air. Try dressing your child in cotton instead of wool and use mild, non-irritating detergents to wash their clothes. Attempt to keep your child from scratching as that can cause skin to be tough and cause infection. Keep their nails short to lessen the irritation to skin if they do scratch. Use thick creams and ointments twice a day to lock moisture into their skin and apply right after a bath. Give warm, short baths as hot water can contribute to itchy skin and use a mild soap without a washcloth. See a doctor if these measures do not seem to provide any relief.

More information on the treatment of atopic dermatitis can be found at www.nationaleczema.org

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