The winter season is officially here, which means that snow, ice, wind, and cold can start freezing, chapping, and irritating your kids, and it all takes its toll on their delicate skins.
Winter can be the worst for your child’s skin. Cold and dry air can sap precious moisture, and your little one’s rosy cheeks can quickly become leathery and wind-burned, and those with Eczema will suffer as soon as you begin dressing them in warmer clothes and turning the heating on at home.
Harry has very bad outbreaks of Eczema in winter, his legs currently look like they’ve been used as a scratching post for a new kitten where he is clawing at them in the night.
Luckily, there are basic steps you can take to protect your child from seasonal skin hazards.
Spread it on thick. If any areas of your child’s skin look or feel dry, immediately apply a generous amount of baby moisturizing cream or a thick ointment like petroleum jelly. We’ve been using Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm for a few weeks now and really like it. It is gentle enough to use on the broken skin where Harry has been scratching too much and doesn’t sting as a few other brands recently have on the broken skin, this is formulated with only 7 ingredients.
Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm protects the skin by creating a breathable protective barrier, allowing oxygen and water vapour to circulate to and from the skin – this allows the skin to breathe and strengthen its natural barrier function. I have taken to applying this 3 times a day as his skin is so irritated – first thing in the morning before school, when he comes home and again before bed in a bid to stop the scratching.
Follow your nose
Purchase only perfume-free baby soaps and lotions, which are less likely to be irritating.
Using a humidifier, especially in your child’s room, can minimise the drying effects of winter.
For safety reasons, don’t place the humidifier near or directly over your child.
If possible try not to sleep with the radiators on, or have them on a lower setting
Keep nails short
For children who can’t help scratching, they can’t help it if their skin is irritated and itchy. Keeping nails short helps stop them tearing their skin to shreds in the process of relieving the itch.
Rub don’t scratch
Rubbing or patting the skin will also relieve an itch so teach children other ways to stop the itching. A wet flannel works well too.
Bundling your child in too many or too heavy layers can make them sweat, leading to blocked glands and skin irritation, while under-dressing can dry out exposed skin or aggravate a preexisting condition.
Thin layers work best on sensitive skin – vest, long sleeved top, cardi or jumper and then a coat if you are going outside, along with hats, gloves and scarves.
Regular synthetic materials such as nylon, rayon and polyester tend to be warmer which can cause itchiness and prolong the effects of eczema so are best avoided. Cotton items and silk are the better options for clothing for Eczema suffers.
Frequent bathing – every day or every other day dries out children’s skin, especially during the winter.
However, if like Harry your child is an Eczema sufferer than baths do actually help as they help to rehydrate the skin – here are a few more bathing tips for Eczema sufferers:
- Take at least one bath or shower a day
- Bathe or shower in lukewarm (not hot) water for 10 to 15 minutes
- Avoid scrubbing your skin with a washcloth or loofah
- Use a gentle cleanser (not soap)
- During severe flares, limit the use of cleansers to further avoid irritation
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