Guide to Dry Skin in Kids and Babies
Newborns and infants may experience dry skin for a variety of reasons. From sensitive skin to newly developing oil production glands, dry skin problems are common and often not cause for concern. Here are a few of the most common types of dry skin associated with newborns.
Dry Scalp and Cradle Cap
Dry scalp is common in newborns and is no cause for concern. However, it should be monitored for redness and irritation. You may be tempted to try to treat baby’s dry skin with lotions and oils, but this is actually counterproductive, since the buildup of dry skin is caused in part by an overproduction of oil beneath the surface of the skin.
HOW TO CARE FOR A NEWBORN’S SCALP
Diaper rash is a common condition associated with newborns. Diaper rash is a result of irritation caused by friction from contact between a diaper and the skin. Diaper rash is often nothing to worry about and can be treated with diaper rash cream. However, it can be cause for concern if a rash becomes irritated enough to cause open sores or blisters. Use antibiotic cream and keep an eye on diaper rashes to prevent irritation and infection.
HOW TO CARE FOR BABY’S SKIN
How to Treat Dry Skin in Babies
There are a few things parents can do to help prevent dry skin in babies. If you’ve followed all of these suggestions and are still concerned about redness, dryness, or other skin issues, schedule an appointment with your child’s pediatrician.
Less Bath Time
It’s tempting to clean your newborn multiple times a day, especially if he or she needs frequent changing. It’s best, however, to limit bath time to 2-3 times per week, since frequent baths and contact with water can disrupt baby’s sensitive skin and oil production which can contribute to dry skin.
Protect Delicate Skin from Winter Weather
Winter weather can dry a newborn’s delicate skin out and cause dryness, redness, and more. Protect your little one’s sensitive skin by bundling them up properly during winter weather to protect them from the cold weather and elements.
Humidifiers for Dry Skin
Humidifiers are another option for those who are experiencing chronic dry skin. Humidifiers essentially add humidity back into the air, and they can even prevent chronic allergies and sinus infections by loosening the buildup of mucus and phlegm in the nasal passages. If your little one is experiencing severe dryness, ask your pediatrician if a humidifier placed at his or her bedside may provide some relief.
Eczema Treatment for Babies
Over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams and ointments may provide some relief from redness and itchiness caused by dry skin conditions, but if the problem persists, your child’s pediatrician may be able to prescribe a prescription-strength treatment.
When to Visit the Pediatrician
If your baby’s dry skin has not improved after using over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams or ointments for babies, or if you’re concerned about redness or rashes, schedule an appointment with your child’s pediatrician. He or she can bring peace of mind for parents concerned about dryness and rashes or prescribe a prescription if necessary for skin concerns that would benefit from treatment.
At Pediatrics East, our pediatricians are always happy to meet with you to discuss any concerns you have about your child’s health and wellness. Schedule an appointment online today or call our appointment line at (901) 757-3535, Option 1. Our appointment staff is available from Monday through Friday, 7:30am-4:30pm.
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