Preventing Dry Skin in Toddlers

Toddlers are highly prone to dry skin as their skin is very delicate. Clinical studies suggest that babies' skin absorbs and loses moisture faster than that of adults. As such, special care is required to prevent the toddlers' skin from drying.

This excessive drying is generally referred to as toddler dry skin.

Causes of Dry Skin in Toddlers

Some of the possible causes of dry skin on toddlers are:

  • Some soaps and shampoos used for bathing your toddler may cause dryness.


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  • Your toddler needs to be cleaned frequently, resulting in the drying of the skin.
  • Exposure to cold weather outside and heating at home in the winter season may also lead to dry skin in toddlers.
  • Sun burns due to the exposure to the sun in summer may lead to dry patches on your toddlers' skin.
  • Exposure to chlorine and salt water while swimming may also cause the drying of skin in toddlers.

Preventing Dry Skin in Toddlers

Here are a few measures that will help you prevent and treat dry skin in toddlers:

  • Firstly, do not make your toddler bathe for a long time. Cut down the bath time to ten minutes.
  • You must use lukewarm water and not hot water while bathing your toddler in winter. After the bath, dry your toddler immediately with a soft towel. Then apply a moisturizing lotion while the skin is still damp. You should use a Vitamin E enriched moisturizer or you may simply employ olive oil for moisturizing your toddlers' skin
  • You must check soaps and shampoos for suitability on your toddler's skin.

    You are recommended to use only special clinically approved baby soaps and shampoos that contain moisturizers so as to retain the natural moisture of the skin. Do not use anything containing fragrances.
  • You must thoroughly rinse your toddler's body with tap water immediately after a dip in the sea to remove the salt content and apply a generous amount of moisturizer.
  • As you know dry skin lacks water. Make your toddler drink plenty of water so as to make up for the loss of moisture that is evaporating from his or her skin.
  • Use a humidifier or vaporizer in your toddler's room if the air in your area is very dry.
  • If you find that your toddler's skin is still dry, you may resort to the application of moisturizing lotion twice a day, once after your toddler's bath in the morning and once in the evening. You can try a thicker cream instead of a lotion. A toddler with dry skin will often resort to scratching the itchy patches of dry skin and so this problem should not be ignored.

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