There’s nothing like a child’s glorious complexion to make you long for your youth (or an anti-aging treatment, quick), but young skin can also be sensitive and susceptible to irritation that doesn’t go away on its own. That’s when it’s time to call San Antonio dermatologist, Dr. Vivian Bucay.
While I’m not a pediatrician, my patients usually prefer to see an experienced and trusted dermatologist when their children have skin problems. And you might be surprised to learn how many children I see that have skin issues, long before their teenage acne years.
Asthma and skin care
For example, kids who have asthma, hay fever or other allergies can be more likely to have eczema, which causes itchiness and red, dry or cracked skin. Sometimes a moisturizing cream can treat the condition, but if not, your child may need a prescription oral antihistamine or topical steroid.
Here are a few pointers that can help you do a better job helping your kid live with sensitive skin:
Check out their environment and your habits
Start by trying to identify and avoid anything that might be causing the irritation. Such common items as these can irritate a child’s skin:
- Heat and sweat
- Bath soap
If possible, limit baths and showers to three or four times a week to avoid stripping the skin of natural oils; apply cream, lotion or petroleum jelly to dry skin right after bathing, when skin is still damp, to help lock in moisture; always pat skin dry, never rub.
- Laundry detergent
Use fragrance- and color-free soaps and detergents, and liquid detergent may be a better choice for sensitive skin; avoid fabric softeners.
- Pet dander
- Dust mites
- Certain foods
- Certain sunscreens
- Certain fabrics
Avoid wool and nylon in clothing, sheet, blankets and towels; cut tags out of clothing as they may rub the skin or feel scratchy.
- Cigarette smoke
It’s good for you and the whole family if smoking is eliminated.
Schedule a consultation
If your child has a skin problem that is concerning him or her and you, make an appointment today: Call (210) 692-3000 in La Casita or (210) 370-9995 in Sonterra. Dr. Vivian Bucay serves San Antonio, TX and surrounding areas!