Did you know that 1 in every 5 children in the UK are affected at some stage by eczema and dry skin issues? The good news: approximately 60% of children with atopic eczema no longer have a problem by their teens so, although it’s a concern, it often clears up with age. Meanwhile here are a few tips on how to manage it and care for your child’s skin from Andrea Patel, Cosmetic Nurse Practitioner
Choose the right clothes
Andrea advises dressing children in “breathable clothing like cotton and avoid harsh or irritating clothing like wool.”
Get their skin care routine right
Choose hypoallergenic, soap free products “which contain no added fragrances or colourings and are PH balanced”. It’s also worth noting that over washing can dry or irritate the skin, so less time spent in the bath is actually better for the skin. Another tip? Using warm water and avoid bubble bath or soap (which can be extremely drying and potentially irritating) should help.
Keep your child’s skin hydrated
Keeping your child’s skin hydrated is key. “Use an emollient within a few minutes of bathing while water is still trapped in the skin for extra hydration. Apply in a downward motion in the direction of the hair growth and reapply as necessary,” she adds.
Wear kid gloves
Kids can’t resist the urge to scratch so try getting them to wear cotton gloves, to prevent possible sores and infection.
Find a soothing treatment they can apply themselves
Try the La Roche-Posay Lipikar Stick AP+ which provides instant itch-relief and can be easily applied by children onto their lesions.