Tackle your toddler’s dry winter skin

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Winter can be a magical time of year. Yet for little ones with sensitive skin, December to March can be more about helping to manage the pain of dry hands and faces than enjoying the first snowfall.

During the winter months, a combination of cold air and dry forced-air indoor heat can suck moisture out of the skin, thus causing a reaction. Dandruff, acne and rashes can appear on seemingly normal skin, and those who suffer from eczema or psoriasis will face flare-ups much more frequently.

If your child has a rash or dry skin that worsens throughout the season, make an appointment with your healthcare provider to discuss treatment options. He or she may suggest trying an over-the-counter moisturizer, or even a prescription cortisone cream.

To combat weather-induced dryness, try these tips:

  • Moisturize your child’s skin with a fragrance-free product once or twice a day.
  • Avoid too hot showers or baths and harsh soaps that pull moisture out of the skin.
  • Cover up little hands and faces before heading into the cold.

Originally published in ParentsCanada magazine, February/March 2013.

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