Many children suffer from dry or chafed skin. This is usually not a cause for concern, but it can be frustrating for a child to deal with. Irritated skin can also eventually develop infection, so as holistic pediatricians we recommend making sure your child’s skin stays moisturized and chafe free.
Gently Cleanse the Skin
The first thing that you can do to soothe your child’s skin is to gently cleanse it. Something may have gotten on the skin and irritated it, drying it out. You can use lukewarm water and a gentle body wash. Pat the skin dry after you are done. Apply a natural moisturizer after to keep the skin hydrated.
Zinc oxide ointment can be used to treat chafed skin. You can soothe the abrasion and restore your skin. You can apply the ointment three times a day. You can start using the ointment less frequently as your child’s skin starts to improve.
Apply Coconut Oil
Coconut oil can help keep the skin moisturized. It is best for you to apply the coconut oil to your child’s skin before they go to bed, although you may want to put a towel down, first.
Apply Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is another thing that can be used to soothe irritated skin. Not only can it soothe dry skin, but it also has many other uses. For example, it can be used to reduce acne breakouts.
Interrupt the Friction
Because chafing is often caused by friction, the best thing that you can do to prevent it is to apply vaseline or petroleum jelly to the area. You can apply this product every three hours if necessary.
Have Your Child Drink Plenty of Water
If the body is hydrated on the inside, then it will be hydrated on the outside. That is why it is important to make sure that your child drinks plenty of water. There are also numerous other health benefits that can be reaped from drinking water.
If your child’s skin is showing signs of extreme dryness or chafing that is not responding to these tips, give us a call. We would love to help your child’s skin get healthy again.