Kid Friendly Skin Care Tips
It’s important to know about the different childhood skin problems that children commonly experience. Sometimes people don’t find out about these until it happens to their child.
Common Childhood Skin Problems
Understanding about these skin problems that might happen will help lessen the fear and help you be prepared and maybe even prevent some of them.
- Hives – These are raised itchy, red, and white welts that are signs of an allergy of some kind. They can be caused by skin contact or by something that was ingested or breathed through the air. Sometimes it’s difficult to pinpoint what caused the outbreak. It might require allergy tests and blood tests to help determine the cause. Usually, they can be treated successfully with a normal dose of Benadryl.
- Ringworm – A type of fungus called dermatophytes causes this circular red, scaly, itchy rash. It’s not even a worm but gets its name because it looks like a roundworm under the skin. It can be spread by towels and another contact with the fungus. To treat ringworm, wash with soap and water and then treat the dried rash with antifungal cream per the directions on the package. Keep covered to avoid transmitting to others and spreading.
- Fifth Disease – A red rash that makes the sufferer look as if they have been slapped. The rash usually spreads to the rest of the body and has a lacy pattern. This skin condition is usually so mild that many children who get it aren’t even diagnosed because they barely noticed they had it. Some kids get a low-grade fever and mild cold symptoms. Because the rash’s appearance means the child is no longer contagious, there is nothing to do to prevent the illness. To treat it, use doctor-recommended creams for the rash if it itches, and treat the other symptoms separately if needed.
- Chickenpox – This is a very contagious disease that is becoming less common due to the creation and use of the chickenpox vaccine. Chickenpox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus and creates a blistering rash that itches and also sometimes causing fatigue and fever. Treatment consists of using something to relieve itching like chamomile lotion and treating other systems such as fever or sore throat. While usually mild, chickenpox can be very serious for those who are immune-compromised. It is recommended that everyone get the vaccine.
- Impetigo – This is a very common skin infection that causes blisters and sores on the face, neck, hands, and potentially the area covered by a diaper. It’s spread by either staphylococcus aureus or streptococcus progenies. Sadly, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus is also a cause of impetigo and has serious consequences since it can’t be easily treated. Treatment is with antibiotics when possible and keeping the area clean and dry. Watching young children’s hands and faces often can be a preventative measure.
- Warts – These skin growths that often grow on a child’s hands are caused by the human papillomavirus or HPV. Warts typically go away on their own. They’re spread very easily with skin contact, by sharing towels or other personal items like razors. You can treat them with over-the-counter solutions and even duct tape. There is no cure for the HPV virus.
- Heat Rash – This red rash often accompanied by small blisters is caused by hot, humid conditions combined with tight clothing that doesn’t breathe easily. Heat rash goes away when the skin cools off. You can treat it at home easily just by cooling the area. The only issue can happen if you catch a secondary skin infection, making the rash worse.
- Contact Dermatitis – This happens to the skin after it comes into contact with an irritant. It’s usually red, itchy, and inflamed. Usually, there is nothing to do but try to relieve discomfort and keep the area clean to prevent secondary infections. Also, it might be important to identify the cause to avoid it in the future.
- Coxsackie – This virus and skin condition is often called “hand, foot and mouth disease” due to the rash on the hands, feet, and inside the mouth. Some children also get a sore throat. The risk of more serious infections such as meningitis is something that you must watch out for.
- Eczema – This is just an itchy rash that looks like dry patches of skin. It can easily be treated with creams and lotions. Many times if you treat the underlying condition such as allergies, the symptoms go away.
Don’t allow these childhood skin conditions to frighten you. It’s a little scary at first learning about them, but now that you know about them, there’s no need to panic if you see signs of one of these skin problems in your child. Thankfully, the most dangerous skin conditions have vaccines now.
Dealing with Eczema
According to the National Eczema Association, about 10 percent of all children suffer from eczema. Eczema is a red, itchy rash that often starts early in life and lasts through adolescence.
It usually comes and goes throughout the child’s life and can affect different skin parts from the face to the bottom. It can be very uncomfortable for the child to deal with, so parents need to pay attention to their child’s skin to help keep them comfortable.
- Avoiding Flare-Ups – Super hot or super cold air along with repetitive contact with potential areas of infection can cause flare-ups. That’s why children often get eczema on their knees and their face. These are the areas that are most at risk of eczema. Keep that in mind and keep these areas clean and moisturized.
- Check Your Child’s Diet – Some food can react to children with eczema and cause a flare-up. Ask your child’s doctor if this could be the cause. Your child’s doctor might choose to conduct an allergy test to help eliminate any food issues.
- Treating Flare-Ups – When, despite your best efforts, your child still has a flare-up, the best way to treat it is to keep the area clean, dry, and moisturized. Also, using some antibacterial ointment can help too.
- Treatment Choices – Doctors often prescribe ointments such as bacitracin or steroid ointments to help treat eczema, especially if it’s very bad in children. Following your doctor’s recommendations is usually best when it comes to your child’s skin. Some doctors will recommend bleach baths to help cut down on the potential of staph infection.
- Short Daily Baths – You want to avoid drying out the child’s skin too much, but you will need to give your child a daily bath of at least five to ten minutes. Keep the bathwater warm instead of hot, and dry the skin thoroughly before applying ointments.
- Use Gentle Cleansers and Moisturizers – The best cleansers and moisturizers to use have fewer ingredients and do not have perfumes included. The fewer ingredients, the less likely your child is to have an involuntary reaction to the treatment.
- Risks of Infection and Staph – If your child has eczema, there is a risk of infection, including staph and even MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus), which can be life-threatening.
Treating your child’s eczema can be frustrating because you want to protect your child from discomfort, but it will sometimes seem that whatever you do isn’t good enough.
The important thing is to, as much as possible, protect against further infection and reduce any discomfort your child might experience due to the skin condition. With regular treatment and avoiding triggers that might set off a reaction, you can make your child as comfortable as possible.
Dry Skin Remedies For Kids
Treating dry skin at home is simple if you know what to do. Many people have dry skin due to genetics, and others have dry skin due to insufficient diet.
Kids may experience bouts of dry skin due to lack of skin care regimen and exposure to the elements more. Try different ways to treat your child’s dry skin until you find something that works.
- Coconut Oil – One of the best-kept secrets around is coconut oil. You can cook with it, eat it, and it’s safe to use on your child’s skin. Use as a cleanser and a moisturizer.
- Honey – A great cleaner and moisturizer, especially for the face. Just use a couple of spoons of honey, rub all over your child’s skin and then rinse off. They’ll feel nice and soft when snuggling up with you.
- Oatmeal – If your child’s skin is itchy, try adding oatmeal to their bath to help their skin stay soft.
- Avocado – Healthy fats aid in preventing and reducing dry skin, and avocados are full of healthy fats. Suppose you can get your child to eat avocado, great. If not, use it to smooth dry areas such as knees, heels, and elbows.
- Almond Oil – Treat any extra dry spots with almond oil. Not only will it feel good to your child, but it also smells good.
- Aloe Vera – It’s for more than just burns. Using pure aloe vera from the plant on your child’s skin can help keep it hydrated.
- Dry Brushing – Before adding lotions to your child’s skin, consider using a soft, dry brush to remove dead skin cells and encourage their skin to produce natural oils.
- Vitamins and Minerals – Encourage your child to eat a diet rich in important nutrients, including omega-3 and vitamin E. The healthier your child is on the inside, the healthier their skin will be.
- Sugar and Oil Rubs – Mix any oil such as almond, coconut, or olive with white sugar. Have your child rub it over their skin while in the shower and then rinse off with cool water.
- Staying Hydrated – Have your child drink at least 64 ounces of fresh, filtered tap water every day. If they play sports or sweat a lot, consider having them add more water to their day.
- Humidifier – Keep your home from between 30 and 50 percent humidity, and everyone will experience fewer issues with dry skin. It will help you stay hydrated and comfortable.
Treating dry skin is relatively easy. With a little forethought and preventative care, your child can live year-round with beautiful soft skin.
Keeping Baby's Skin Moisturized
You’ve heard the saying “as soft as a baby’s bottom” to describe surfaces that feel awesome and wonderful. Most babies are born with naturally perfect and healthy skin, although sometimes babies have issues with dry skin.
The best way to deal with dry skin in a baby is to use natural sources to keep the skin soft.
Safe Oils for Babies
Many different oils can be used safely on a baby:
- Olive oil
- Almond oil
- Coconut oil
- Vitamin E oil
These oils are easy to find as well. However, it’s important not to overwhelm the baby’s skin with many different things if there is an allergic reaction. Try just one of these oils at a time and pay attention to how the baby’s skin reacts.
Feed Your Baby Well
In addition, ensuring that your baby is eating right and that nothing is in their diet that can irritate the skin is essential. If the baby is breastfed, consider giving up processed foods and anything that your baby could not ingest. Also, ensure that your baby is feeding enough so that they are hydrated.
Try Dry Brushing
Babies can enjoy the process of gently dry brushing their skin with a soft natural brush or cloth. Just rub the cloth or the brush over the baby’s dry skin. It will encourage the production of natural oils and get rid of any dead skin that prevents the lotions and oils from absorbing. Plus, the baby will enjoy it as much as the parents, and it’s a good bonding experience.
Avoid Too Many Baths
It’s tempting to give the baby many baths. After all, they get things on themselves all the time. However, too many baths can inadvertently dry out the skin. Sometimes it’s better to use a wet cloth to wash off the baby instead of an all-out bath every single time. If you must immerse the baby, use plain water that isn’t too hot. Rub oil over the baby’s body right after leaving the bath.
Get a Water Softener in the House
Chlorine and saltwater can be very drying. This can make summertime very difficult but, even your water at home can be full of chlorine, or you might have dry water. Get your water tested and if needed, get a whole house water softener. This will help eliminate dry skin in your baby and yourself.
Run a Cold Mist Humidifier
A great way to help your baby’s skin stay moisturized is to ensure that your baby is hydrated. One way to do that is to run a cold mist humidifier. Keeping your home from 30 to 50 percent humidity will help immensely.
These little steps can help keep your baby’s moisture level at its optimum level. If these steps don’t help, see your baby’s pediatrician for assistance.
Kid Safe Insect Repellents
While some insect repellents can be used safely with children, the best course of action is to try to prevent the need for insect repellent in the first place by having your child wear long sleeves, long pants, using a bug screen, and by avoiding especially buggy areas when your baby is little.
If it’s a necessity, you can use some insect repellents. You have to balance the good with the bad.
The only insect repellent that works contains DEET. There are some natural repellents, but you will have to use them more often, and for that reason, they’re not as effective as DEET. The EPA doesn’t have any restrictions on the use of DEET on children.
The risk of a tick bite or infection from mosquito bites should be considered as well. Use lower concentrations of DEET when your child isn’t going to stay outside very long, moving up for long days outside.
If you prefer not to use DEET, the insect repellents without DEET work well, too – just not as long. Products like eucalyptus, tea tree oil, and sandalwood do work to ward off bugs, but without DEET, they don’t last, and you’ll need to reapply often.
Some insect repellents without DEET that are safe to use are:
- Avon’s Skin So Soft Bug Guard Insect Repellent
- BullFrog Mosquito Coast
- Repel Plant-Based Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent
Some insect repellents with DEET that are thought to be safe to use on children are:
- OFF! FamilyCare Insect Repellent
- Cutter All Family Mosquito Insect Repellent
Use the lowest DEET ratio that you can, but remember not to reapply DEET again in any 24 hours to avoid over-contamination. They say that using a 5 percent application is enough for spending a couple of hours outside, up by five each additional hour.
Some other natural insect repellent ideas are:
- Brewer’s yeast – A supplement that you can ingest that helps repel mosquitos.
- Garlic supplements – Ingesting plenty of garlic in the form of supplements can be helpful to ward off insects.
- Avoiding perfumes – Using soaps and perfumes that smell good can often attract bugs.
Also, if you know an area has a high mosquito population probability, it’s important to avoid going to that place. Areas with standing water are at risk, as are even backyard pools that aren’t tended to. In your backyard, you can also burn citronella candles to help rid the area of bugs. This can help give your children a safe place to play without worrying about applying concoctions to their skin.
Summer Skin Care Tips for Kids
Taking care of your child’s skin in the summertime can require a little thought and effort. Children love playing outside as much as possible in the summertime, and they should.
It would be best if you worked hard to protect them from sunburn and injury to ensure that the summer is long and fun.
- Always Apply Sun Screen – Find a child-friendly sunscreen and use it. Reapply as often and use as much as the directions say to use. In most cases, you’ll need to apply an entire ounce of sunscreen every couple of hours if playing outside for a long time. Applying just once and then letting the child play all day isn’t enough.
- Cover much Skin – In addition to sunscreen, ensure that you cover as much of your child’s skin as possible with sunscreen-quality clothing most of the day after swimming to avoid exposing more skin to the sun all day long.
- Use Hair Sunscreen to Protect Their Scalp – Find spray sunscreen, especially for the hair, and protect the scalp from getting dried out. The hair offers some protection from the summer sun, but many children end up with sunburnt scalps in the summertime.
- Encourage Them to Wear Hats – Give your kids hats to wear outside during the summer. It will give them some shade as well as protect their scalp from being burned. Most kids like hats, so it shouldn’t be a problem if you get them one that represents their favorite team or character.
- Take a Break between 10 am, and 2 pm – Those are the hours where the sun is hottest and most likely to cause damage. It’s also a great time for lunch and a nap. This is good advice for the parents, too.
- Cool Down Their Showers and Baths – Instead of giving them hot baths after a long day in the sunshine, give them cooler baths to avoid more skin damage. Plus, it will feel great and help them feel refreshed.
- Drink Lots of Water – Staying hydrated is one of the best things you can do for your child’s skin. Give them plenty of hydrating water to drink throughout the day. Water requirements depend on the age and weight of the child.
- Eat Lots of Fruit – Fruit is hydrating and a perfect snack to eat a lot during the hot days of summer. Give them watermelon and other types of melons for the very best results.
Children cannot make good choices for themselves regarding the summer sun or understand skincare. But, as their parent, you can guide them the right way from the beginning so that their skin is always cared for, comfortable, and remains undamaged for years to come. Teaching your children these things now will pay off far into the future.
Sun Protection for Your Child
Just one sunburn in your child’s life can drastically increase their chances of getting cancer. Skin cancer can be a deadly disease that can destroy the quality of life and appearance and take the sufferer’s life.
It’s also something that you can work toward protecting your child from if you understand the true severity of allowing your child to get a sunburn, even once, during their childhood.
Always Apply Sunscreen
Sunscreen is very important to use and take seriously. Read the labels, use the right sunscreen for your child’s age group, and apply exactly as directed to ensure that it works as the package states. In addition, remember to reapply as often as the package states, and after your child swims or sweats, a lot of it off. This will ensure that your child’s skin is always covered with sunscreen so that they won’t sunburn.
Put Them in Sun Protective Clothing
Today, you can purchase special clothing that is designed to protect against sun damage. Shirts, pants, and more exist that act as sunscreen. But, what that also means is that some clothing doesn’t provide protection against sunburn, so ensure that you buy the right type of clothing that offers protection or apply sunscreen before they get dressed.
Seek Out Shade
No one should stay in direct sunlight all day long, no matter how much fun they are having. During the day, seek out shade when you can find it so that your child has a break from the direct sunlight and will be less likely to burn. You can still get burned in the shade, but it will take longer for it to happen.
Put Them in Hats
A great way to provide shade on an individual basis is to put the child in various hats. Hats can offer some shade, keep the head cool, and help avoid sunburn around the face area. Children usually like wearing hats at certain ages but not at others. If you buy them a hat that they like, they’ll be more likely to wear it and like wearing it.
Use Flowing and Covering Clothing
Even if you don’t have specific sun protective clothing, just wearing loose and flowing clothing can offer much protection against the sun’s rays. Please put your child in clothes that cover as much skin as possible without making them too hot offers much protection.
Have Them Wear Sunglasses
It might be a hard task to do, but even your infants should wear sun-protective sunglasses during the summertime and any time that the sun is bright. This will protect their eyes from damaging sun rays and protect your child’s vision.
It’s very important to protect your child from the sun as much as you can. The younger the child, the more susceptible they are to the sun’s damaging rays. It’s imperative that you do what you can to protect your child from them so that they can live a long healthy life without suffering from skin cancers caused by the sun.
Teaching Kids to Care for Their Skin
The skin is the largest organ that you are given, and it needs to last a lifetime. As the largest and fastest-growing organ that you have, it’s important to take care of it.
You can teach your children to take care of their skin starting at a very young age. This will help them avoid issues later in life and make good skincare habits, like brushing teeth.
The main things to teach your child are:
- Keeping their skin clean
- Protecting their skin from the sun
- Taking care of the damage immediately
How to Stay Clean
Teach your children that keeping their bodies clean is important. Keeping clean involves washing with mild soap and water periodically to ensure that the dirt and oils are washed away.
Too much washing can dry out the skin, but too little washing can cause clogged pores and even bad smells. Most children don’t want to smell bad and will want to keep clean and comply if it’s taught to them daily – just like you do when you teach them to brush their teeth.
How to Avoid Sun Damage
Sun damage is something that can be avoided in numerous ways. Teach your child to apply their sunscreen as soon as they’re old enough to go outside alone.
There are many types of sunscreen that you can get that are safe for kids. Also, teach your children to wear eye protection, clothing, and hats that help cover some of their skin and protect it from the sun’s damaging rays. These habits will pay off later in life.
How to Treat Wounds and Damage
Teach your child to tell you if they’re hurt right away. Also, talk about dry skin, rashes, and other issues that they should report to you if they notice it. This will help you address any damage to the skin immediately.
Untreated wounds can become infected, and the infection can spread, and some are very dangerous. Most wounds will heal by washing with mild soap and water, then applying antiseptic ointment, then keeping covered to avoid infection.
How to Wash Their Face
Caring for the skin on the face might require extra care. As your child ages, teach them to wash their face a couple of times a day with gentle soap and water. In some cases, a non-clogging and non-oil moisturizer should be used as well.
This advice goes for both boys and girls as they both need moisture if they’re dried out. Washing the face before or after they brush their teeth is a good way to do it – twice a day, morning and night. Getting rid of the oil, dead skin, and dirt will help your child avoid clogged pores and pimples.
Making skincare a topic of conversation from the time your child is little, just like you teach them other things, will go far in helping them learn to take care of their skin without any thought at all. It’ll become a normal part of their routine and become a habit like teeth brushing.
Treatments for Acne
Almost every human has experienced at least one acne breakout in their lifetime. Acne is simply the skin’s reaction to dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria.
The best way to prevent acne is to prevent it with proper skincare.
Wash Skin Twice a Day
Use a mild soap or cleansing cream twice a day with warm water. The morning after a long night of sleep and the evening after a long day is the best time to wash your face. If you teach your children to do this from day one, they’ll be in the habit of doing it by the time they are pre-teens or teenagers and at risk for developing acne.
Exfoliate the Skin Regularly
One of the causes of acne, as mentioned above, is dead skin cells. The best way to get rid of dead skin cells is to exfoliate. This means that you use a mild abrasive to remove the outer layer of dead skin cells.
You can use special mixtures made for this process or even just the rough side of a washcloth with your regular cleansing cream.
Everyone needs to use moisturizer, even if they have oily skin. Find an oil-free moisturizer to use after washing your face while it’s still damp.
This is the best time to apply any moisturizer as it will absorb faster. You can find moisturizers to use at all price ranges, at the drug store, or any supermarket. Some brands to look for are Clean & Clear and Burt’s Bees.
Don’t Pick at Acne
While it’s tempting to pick at acne, that’s the worst thing that you can do. Teach your child not to pick at their acne so that it doesn’t spread or get infected. Instead of picking at it, find a medication to place on it, benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, or dab apple cider vinegar on the infected areas. But, whatever happens, don’t pick at it.
Eliminate Dairy Products
For many people, dairy products contribute to the problem of acne. Try an elimination diet if your child’s acne is getting worse and other treatments aren’t working. Don’t worry; there are many other ways to get calcium and vitamins in dairy products, such as almond milk and almond yogurt.
If your child has cystic acne, eliminating dairy has been shown to work very well to calm the skin down and eliminate the acne without harsh drugs.
All of your organs need plenty of water to function properly, and the skin is no different. One of the places your body shows dehydration fastest is in the skin.
Frequently, if you’re not hydrated enough, the skin starts trying to make up for it by producing more oil, combined with dead skin cells and bacteria, to make more pimples and acne. Your child can stay hydrated with lots of fresh filtered water and fruit.
Avoid Too Much Sun
Staying out unprotected in the sun can cause the skin to react with an outbreak that is often harder to treat. Remember to wear protective clothing and apply sunscreen before going outside.
If your child is prone to acne, find a less clogging sunscreen and remember to wash it off before going to bed.
Use Appropriate Treatments
There are different types of skin problems that lead to acne. Blackheads, whiteheads, and other clogged pores left untreated can make acne worse. There are specific treatments for each type of acne that should be used. If you’re not sure which to use, ask a professional.
Seek Professional Help
If your child is suffering from acne and you’ve tried everything mentioned in this article, you might want to seek professional help from a dermatologist. Your primary care doctor can refer your child to one. There are many medications and topical treatments that you can get via prescription only that work quite well.
Treating acne can be frustrating, but if you stay calm and work methodically trying the different things on this list, plus anything your doctor directs you to do, you’ll be able to get it under control. No one likes having pimples, but thankfully there are treatments both over the counter and via prescription that can help.
Winter Skin Care Tips for Kids
Taking care of your child’s skin in the wintertime may require a little more thought and effort, but you’ll be glad that you did it.
Your child will be more comfortable, and you’ll feel good that you’ve helped them now and in the future. Because caring for your skin right from day, one can help avoid many uncomfortable problems.
- Avoid Long Hot Baths and Showers – It might feel good to take a hot shower in the wintertime or tempting to put your preschooler in a hot steamy bath to warm them up, but doing so causes the skin to dry out prematurely. Combining long, cold wintery days and hot baths will make their skin drier and more uncomfortable.
- Keep the Air at the Right Humidity – Check the humidity level in your home. The ideal humidity level is between 30 and 50 percent. If your child is suffering from dry skin, push the humidity level in their room up to the 50 percent mark. Any more than that, you risk introducing mold, but at that mark, your child’s skin will get some relief.
- Stay Hydrated – Drinking a lot of fresh, filtered tap water is good for everyone’s health, and not surprisingly, it’s good for your skin too. Aside from water, feed your child a lot of water-rich fruits and vegetables. The extra nutrients can help the skin by keeping your child’s immune system strong and healthy.
- Moisturize More Than Normal – During the winter, find a richer moisturizer to use, especially if your child is suffering from signs of dry skin. Those are containing glycerin or petroleum jelly work especially well during the winter. Even though it’s more greasy-feeling, slathering on thick moisturizer on feet and hands and any dry spots will offer much relief.
- See a Doctor for Special Problems – If your child’s skin starts splitting and bleeding or you fear an infection, seek help from a dermatologist. They can offer special creams and lotions by prescription only that might help more than over-the-counter solutions. Your child’s pediatrician can refer you to a dermatologist.
- Keep Up the Sunscreen – Even in the winter, the sun can damage the skin. It’s important to keep using sunscreen. Choose more moisturizing sunscreens rather than waterproof ingredients to do double duty keeping skin soft and protecting against sun damage.
- Pay Special Attention to Hands – In the winter, hands do much work and often show some of the first signs of damage. Children love to play in the snow and often take off their gloves. Plus, the extra washing of hands after going to the bathroom can increase the dryness. Put on extra lotion, and remember to treat the hands with care.
- Change Wet Socks and Gloves – During the winter, gloves and socks get wet when playing. It’s important to have a change of both during the day if that happens. Having hands or feet sit inside a wet, cold environment can introduce bacteria and encourage an infection.
Winter skincare requires more thought to staying clean, dry, and moisturized. But, it’s not hard to do with all the specialty products available today. Avoid using highly perfumed ingredients on your child to prevent issues with allergies.
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