Dry Skin in Children

By Medically reviewed by Dr. Duyen Le

Children, even babies can suffer from dry skin for various reasons. Although dry skin is not lethal, it does bring discomfort and irritation if left untreated.

Causes of dry skin

Many babies have dry skin from the moment they were born, especially if they came after 40 weeks. This is totally normal and will disappear in a short period of time. On the other hand, other than the child’s skin mechanism itself, too much bathing or using too much soap can also cause dry skin. When you use soap on your baby, it removes the skin’s natural oil and moisturizer. Your child skin can be dried out. Another factor that contributes greatly to the matter of dry skin is the weather. Too hot, too cold or too much humidity can make your baby’s skin dry. Genetic diseases, for instance, eczema or other rare conditions such as ichthyosis can also cause dry skin in children.

When to see a doctor about dry skin

If your children show any symptoms below, take them to a dermatologist:

  • Dry skin that cannot be treated or get better with over-the-counter remedies
  • Patches of dry skin that appear to be red and itchy
  • Patches of dry skin that cause pain and irritation.
  • Watch out for these since they can indicate infections.

Treatment for dry skin

Bath your child quickly, and control the water temperature. It should be comfortably warm, not too cold or too hot. If it is the winter season when the humidity is low, your child does not need to have a bath every day. After bathing, apply a gentle moisturizer to your baby’s skin might help. Remember to apply it regularly. You may have to try different brands and different kinds of moisturizer before finding one that really suits your child. Bear in mind that before purchasing any product, you should read the labels first to make sure that it is safe for your baby’s delicate skin.

After your kid’s skin return to normal, there is a chance that his or her skin can be dry again. Try to figure out what trigger it and the times that it happens in a year. That can help you prevent infection.

Chlorine and salt water has been known to be drying for the skin. Therefore, make sure that you rinse your child off nicely with tap water after he or she has swum in the ocean or a pool. Remember to apply moisturizer afterward.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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