Health guide: dry skin in children

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Health guide: dry skin in children

What is dry skin in children?

Children's skin is generally more sensitive than mature adult skin. It is thinner and more sensitive to environmental influences: sunlight, various chemicals, allergens, etc. The natural protective function of the skin in children under the age of six is ​​particularly weak, so it needs special care.

Genetic predisposition

Children's skin often suffers from dryness , as it is genetically inherited. Symptoms can range from barely noticeable to difficult to control. Special attention should be paid to this, as dry skin can also be a sign of neurodermatitis.

Symptoms of dry skin in children

Dry skin in children can be pale and tight. Skin stretching often occurs after swimming. Applying the cream is perceived as a relief. Dry skin in children often flakes and looks fragile. Very dry children's skin easily shrinks, becomes pitted and cracked. Children's cracked skin is especially prone to inflammation.

Dry and cracked skin in children is usually accompanied by itching. Does your child's skin often scratch? Dry skin in children is not always immediately visible. Children often do not tell their parents every sensation. Therefore, frequent scratching can be a sign of dry skin. Dry itchy skin, especially on the elbows, hands and calves.

Causes of dry skin in children

The cause of dry skin in children is impaired skin barrier function. The moisture in the skin can escape. This increases the permeability of microbes and bacteria. This permeability of the barrier function is also often inherited from the parents.

Stress, increased sweating, local skin irritation, allergies (e.g. food, pollen) or cigarette smoke in the child's environment can also have a negative effect on the skin. Nutrition and hygiene are also important factors for dry skin in children. However, there is no general diet for dry skin. The diet should be tailored to each individual and should include plenty of fruits and vegetables, as well as little sugar and white flour.

What helps children's dry skin?

The most important thing to relieve itchy dry skin in children is proper care. Cream for dry children's skin should be chosen well. Products with a moisturizing effect are generally perceived as beneficial. Water-in-oil emulsions with evening primrose oil (gamma-linolenic acid) make the skin softer and smoother.

The EUBOS "HAUT RUHE" series does not use any skin-irritating dyes and perfumes. HAUT RUHE LOTION is ideal for daily care of the whole body. "HAUT RUHE" facial cream is adapted for especially demanding areas of the facial skin.

Body oils for dry children's skin

In the evening, massage with body oils is ideal for children's cracked skin. If you want to invest in preventing dry skin in children, regular oil treatments are recommended. Evening primrose oil has a soothing effect on dry, itchy skin in children. Creams with evening primrose oil, such as HAUT RUHE CREME , support the skin's natural barrier function. Coconut oil has many positive properties, it has antiviral and antibacterial effects and reduces the symptoms of psoriasis and eczema.

Skin-friendly bath oil for dry children's skin

When bathing in the evening, the oil can be applied immediately after washing, on still damp skin. In this way, even more moisture accumulates in the skin. Bath oil can also be added to bath water as a single bath additive to protect sensitive skin. Bath accessories, shower gel, etc. damages the natural protective film of the skin. Pure water with a high-quality bath oil, such as HAUT RUHE BADEÖL , soothes the delicate skin of children and babies instead of harming them.

The oil can be combined with a relaxing massage before bed. Place an old towel on the bed and gently massage the oil all over your body. This way, skin care can become a relaxing evening ritual.

The dry skin of children needs to be carefully cared for

To get a diagnosis of dry skin in children, you should discuss the symptoms with your pediatrician. An experienced pediatrician can give important advice and rule out serious skin conditions. Many pediatricians also like to prescribe their own care creams (with olive oil, evening primrose oil, etc.) that are mixed especially for you at the pharmacy.

What helps children's dry skin?

To protect children's delicate skin, use detergents and especially fabric softeners (since they are no longer washable) that are labeled as sensitive. There are fewer chemical additives that can be sensitive to children's skin. It is also advisable to do without fabric softener.

Sun protection is essential

Rely on high-quality sun protection with the highest possible sun protection factor. EUBOS HAUT RUHE SONNENSCHUTZ is fragrance and alcohol free, but with active cell and DNA protection. The effect of the sun on the sensitive skin of babies and children is still underestimated. Sun protection is essential for children, especially to prevent dry skin.

Dry baby skin

A baby's skin is particularly sensitive and requires special care. Dry skin in babies is normal and can be properly treated. Our little ones have a range of skin issues from scalp gneiss and rashes to dry skin/neuroderma. Dry skin is often only a cosmetic problem in babies.

Unfortunately, it can also be a sign of the skin disease neurodermatitis. The typical red, dry baby cheeks are a sign and indicate that the child's skin is too dry. Reddened areas of the skin on the hands and feet should be taken seriously and attention should be paid to the dry condition of the baby's skin.

Clean your baby's dry skin properly

To help or prevent your baby's skin from drying out, the following care tips are recommended:

  • Regular skin care with a special cream for dry children's skin (e.g. HAUT RUHE CREME )
  • Use only lukewarm water and bath oils for all baths instead of shower gel
  • Appropriate clothing to prevent sweating or freezing
  • Use a delicate detergent and fabric softener

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