Do's and Don'ts for Your Child's Sensitive Skin

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Susan Fishman

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What to Avoid With Sensitive Skin

It’s difficult to identify the triggers that might bring about sensitive skin flare-ups. Try these tips to minimize irritations.
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Caring for sensitive skin is delicate business, especially when it comes to your child. Chances are, you’re probably doing everything you can to help prevent any itching, burning, dryness or irritation.

But there may be some things you are doing — or not doing — that could be causing more harm than good.  

DO wash before wearing.

If your child develops a rash or irritation on his body for no apparent reason, it could be irritating substances present on new clothing worn without washing. For children with sensitive skin, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends washing new clothing and towels before using them. Although you don’t need to use a special laundry detergent for babies, sometimes these can be milder for children with sensitive skin. Just be sure to read the ingredients, and make sure the product is hypoallergenic (likely to cause fewer allergic reactions) and free of dyes and fragrances.

DON’T linger in the tub.

Though baths can remove irritants from the skin and help prevent infections, they can also dry out the skin by removing its natural oils. This can be especially bothersome for kids with sensitive skin. Try limiting baths to 3 to 4 times a week. If you would like to bathe your child every day, cut back on bath time (no more than 10 minutes), and avoid harsh soaps and bubbles, which can be drying when they remain on the skin. Use lukewarm water and a mild, unscented cleanser only in the places that need washing. Your child’s pediatrician or dermatologist can recommend a good brand.

When your child has sensitive skin, it can be hard to protect him or her from rashes and discomfort—but with the right tools, you can help find relief.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Apr 28, 2017

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