Winter Maladies: Sensitive, Dry, Itchy Skin and Rashes
- You can try to prevent dry skin by slathering your child with a cream or moisturizing ointment after his bath. Take him out and pat him with a towel, but leave his skin damp, then rub it on. This will help to seal in some of the moisture. Read the ingredients to make sure that there’s no alcohol in the cream; if there is, it will burn and sting when you put it on skin that’s already irritated. Also, ointments and creams are better than lotions.
- Reapply cream two or three times per day, particularly on your child’s hands, feet, elbows and other areas that are already dry.
- Consider running a humidifier in your child’s bedroom to make the air less dry. Make sure it’s the cool mist type to prevent burns, and follow the directions carefully when it comes to cleaning it, as humidifiers can build up mold if they’re not kept clean.
- Dress your child in soft cotton clothing, especially in the layers right next to her skin. Synthetic fabrics and wool can be itchy and scratchy against rough, dry skin.
- If your baby is itchy, keep his nails clipped short and put socks or mittens on his hands when he sleeps. This will help avoid damage to his skin from scratching.
- Protect your child’s skin from the winter weather elements. Tuck her shirt into her pants to avoid letting wind get to her back and tummy. Also, make sure she’s wearing a scarf to protect her sensitive facial skin, and tuck pant legs into her socks inside of her boots.
- Talk to your child’s pediatrician about using a hydrocortisone cream on red, itchy spots. These can help soothe the itch.
If your child is really red, itchy or has raw skin from scratching, take her to see the pediatrician. Some kids also develop eczema, which can be exacerbated by dry air. If the itchy spots are raised, rough and weeping a clear or yellowish liquid, see the pediatrician or a pediatric dermatologist. Also, if your child scratches and the area looks weepy or really red, take him in to be seen, as it could be infected.
Winter weather can wreak havoc on everyone’s skin, but it’s especially uncomfortable for little ones. Taking a few steps to protect your child’s skin from dryness and eczema can keep everyone in the household happier!
Do you have any great tips for making winter more comfortable for those with dry skin?
I have a very hard time with my skin in the Winter time. It does not help that I have Psoriasis. The last two days I have developed a rash it started on the outside of my wrist and inside of my ankles. Well now it has moved up to my elbows and on the top of my feet. This worst is it ITCHES!!!!!! I have tried everything to calm it down. So far only alcohal has given a little relief on my arms. If you have any suggestions Please let me know. Thanks for your article.
My husbands really struggles with dry skin issues. It’s bad. 🙁 Poor guy.
these are good suggestions – I notice u included a humidifer – which many ppl do not think of. As a real estate agent, some home inspectors and newer furnaces have or recommend a humidifier for the sake of the wood in the home!
Thanks for sharing all these tips with us 🙂
Great tips 🙂 I use vaseline all the time 🙂
I got Rhino-Skin on my legs and arms – itchy also. Tried many lotions… but I always go back to applying Coconut oil after my shower. It is starting to work.
Thanks for all the good tips 🙂
My skin is so bad in the winter.
My kiddo keeps getting chapped skin on his face. It looks aweful. But if I put vasceline or the Aquaphor type on it, then it cools down so quickly. It also protects if we know we are going outside.
Great tips! I am suffering from this greatly this year.
The older I get, the drier I get in the winter – it wasn’t as bad when I was younger, so I feel for kids that already suffer that much now – I can only imagine what it will be like for them in 30 years!
This is so true about Winter maladies because I have them. My skin is so dry! I am putting on heavy dry skin cream right after getting out to the shower so my skin does not have severe dry skin! It is so terrible! And we can get dry skin in the most unexpected places!
I have dry skin it doesn’t really affect me and I don’t really do anything for it.
thanks for all the ways to help with dry skin. Happens every winter.
We’ve been using CJ’s Butter on our kids. It’s technically a diaper cream, but it’s great for eczema, and safe to use all over.
great tips! I get dry skin this time of year real bad.
Too funny I was just scratching behind my ear before I clicked on this. My back is super itchy since I can’t reach it to put lotion on. Lotion seems to work for most of the day.
I have dry skin year round but winter it is brutal. Use lotion at least twice a day
i hate when i have dry cracking skin happens on my feet in the winter.
I have read and tried many things about dry skin. I have really bad heels. I know this post is about children, but what I have read can pertain to anyone. 1st – skin can only absorb so much lotion at a time so don’t keep on caking it on. 2nd – cover the affected area after lotion applied. ie, put on socks. This will allow for maximum absorption of the lotion. As you said too, know what is in your lotion. Many scented lotions contain alcohol or essential oils that cause allergic reactions. I personally only use cocoa butter.
Thanks for sharing this. My skin gets really dry and itchy in the winter especially at night time. Its a pain when I am trying to sleep! These are great tips for the whole family.
My daughter and I suffer from excema in the winter
Recently since returning from university, I’ve noticed that my skin on my upper back was slightly dry and was starting to itch. I tried everything, and it wasn’t until I remember about my family’s history of excema and the skin disease saratosispylaris, that I realized how dangerous and sensitive our skin really is!
I have extremely dry skin, both winter and summer, thanks for the tips.
Thanks for the great tips. Im always looking for new things to try for our dry skin.
I have to keep an eye on my macho hubby-he thinks skin lotions are for the ladies. He gets dry chapped skin on his hands alot in the winter.
Great Tips and Ideas!
Thanks for the tips! Winter is so tough on skin. And my psoriasis just makes everything 10 times worse.
GOT SOME OF THIS GOING ON NOW—-HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you for all the useful tips I put lotion on or baby oil in a sprayer as soon as I get out of the shower seems to work for my skin.
My daughter and I both suffer from chronic dry skin, ugh.
wow this is really helpful thank you!
Thanks for sharing these useful tips!
I like coconut oil the best for myself.
I use cocoa butter in the winter months, really helps with the dry skin.
Thank you for the info. Esp the info about what to do for kids.
I use facial lotion & natural moisturizing body wash in the colder seasons, I also take warm but not hot showers & drink plenty fluids!!!
another way to keep your skin naturally moisturize is to work up a sweat! Great Post & Tips
very informative, thanks
i have problems with my skin to thanks for the tips
During the winter months my skin always suffers more. I try to apply moer cream and sopmetimes use a humdidifier. Thank you for all your tips.
Thanks for the info! Very insightful and helpful!
watch what soap you use, they can be very dryiong
My son who works on car has a hard time with the knuckle part of his hands. For me it’s my feet and lips that get the driest.
Thank you for the great tips! Dry skin is not fun to deal with in the first place, but the winter makes it even worse.
I love Eucerin cream for winter skin. My whole family uses it!
I use a humidifier all the time in the winter and it really does help with the dry skin and also keeps my sinuses from drying out
I have very dry skin in the winter, always moisturizing, my hands are the worst. Does anyone know of a good hand lotion? I have tried everything. Thanks
I like Nexcare Advanced Hand Cream.