It can be really upsetting to see your child struggling with sensitive skin-flare ups, especially when you don’t know what’s causing these minor, but often painful and itchy irritations.
Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to help protect your child’s skin an help them find some relief…
Try to Pinpoint the Cause
It’s not always easy to work out what is causing your child’s sensitive skin, but it’s definitely worth trying to get to the bottom of it. Pay close attention to what your child eats, drinks touches and is exposed to right before a flare up, and you might get your answers. Popular causes of skin-flare ups include dust, pet dander, fabric softeners and foods, so pay particular attention to these possible sources of irritation.
Be a Softy
If your child suffers from sensitive skin, then using harsh, uncomfortable fabrics, which can be itchy and scratchy at the best of times is a no-go. Instead, try to purchase natural fabrics like cotton and linen as much as possible.
Load Up on Lotion
If your child’s sensitive skin is also dry, using a topical cream or lotion designed for dry skin will really help to soothe the irritation, Petroleum jelly is an affordable and effective choice, although it can be rather messy at times!
Stop them Scratching
If you have a young child, it can be tough to stop them from scratching. All they know is that they’re itchy and they want it to stop; they don’t realise that they could be making the problem worse. So, help them out by putting gloves on them, or even better, investing in a pair of ScratchSleeves. This will ensure that they can’t do their skin, even more, damage by carrying out their urge to scratch that itch.
When bathing your child, try to use fragrance-free soaps and shampoos, like those from Burt’s Bees, because fragrances can, and quite often do, irritate sensitive skin. This is true of the fragrances in fabric softeners and other beauty products too, so try to always pick-up the fragrance-free versions where possible.
Sometimes, when you’re washing clothes, the rinse cycle doesn’t always get all of the washing powder and fabric softener out, and this can be the cause of irritation, so it might be worth doing an extra rinse cycle after washing your child’s clothes and bedding.
Test Before Use
When introducing a new skincare product to your child, it’s never a bad idea to test a small amount of it on their wrist or the area behind their ear. Then, if there is a reaction, it will be small and contained, rather than causing issues all over the body. It’s a good idea to do this even when your child doesn’t have sensitive skin because you never know when an allergic reaction might take place!
As well as doing all of the above, you should always make sure that all of your children, sensitive skin or not, wear sunscreen whenever they’re going to be outdoors.
Does your child have sensitive skin? How do you keep the problem at bay?