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Offered by: Brittany LaVoy, MD – Brighton Pediatrics

Wintertime here in Colorado comes with cold and dry weather. This makes dry skin issues even more of a problem than at other times of the year. These concerns can vary from mild dry skin to severe eczema symptoms. Eczema tends to present in patches of skin which are dry and rough in appearance and pink to red in color which vary in size. These can be very itchy and bothersome to both children and adults.

As a parent, there are things you can do to help your child with dry skin during the winter. One of the most important things you can do is to use a good lotion every day for your child. Unscented lotions work better than scented lotions such as Johnson and Johnson baby lotion. This is because, especially in the case of eczema, fragrances can make eczema symptoms worse by irritating the skin. For some children, bathing every other day with unscented soaps, rather than daily, can also lead to significant improvements in dry skin issues.

If your child has eczema, they may need topical steroids from time to time to help their skin to heal. These topical steroids, such as hydrocortisone and triamcinolone, are safe to use even at young ages. If you feel that your child may benefit from the use of a steroid ointment for their eczema, discuss this with your pediatrician.
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