My son has really dry skin, how do I prevent it?

Kara - posted on 08/05/2011 ( 29 moms have responded )

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My son is 10, and after bath time I notice his skin particularly on his arms, legs and back has been getting really dry. Since it started I have been having him take long hot baths every night but it doesn't seem to be working. Anyone know what I can do to prevent this from happening? His skin used to be soft so I have no idea what happened.

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Tanya - posted on 08/07/2011

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Bathing too much can dry out the skin, so he need to bathe less often. A good way to rehydrate the skin is to use olive oil, got this tip from my daughter`s doctor. You don`t need a lot and I find it works better than moisturizers.

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Here is what my pediatrician said to do with my girls give them a cool bath every other night unless they get sweaty or dirty once I get them out before I dry them put on the baby oil then dry them off so the oil seals in the moisture. If u r uncomfortable with the baby oil pat them dry so they feel damp and rub them down with Eucerin cream or Aquaphor.

Sharmain - posted on 08/07/2011

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Put in baby oil into the bath that way it soaks in...I do it too my daughter whom is 3 half..

Huana - posted on 08/07/2011

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Dry skin runs in my family and we have found that hot baths and showers actually make it worse. Try a warm bath with something like QV bath oil or alphakeri I think it's called. The heat of the water and the soap can dry skin out. QV oil works best for us.

Bilikis - posted on 08/07/2011

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Hello Kaa!First,put a stop to the"Long hot bath"!Unfortunately it worsens the condition becase hot water remves the skin moisture,leaving it dry.And also use bath soap with a moisturiser,same for the body cream or lotion.Additionally,ensure he eats meals rich in protein as it keeps the skin glowng.Am hoping he's not lactose intolerant.Stop the hot bath ASAP,see if there's going to be a difference after some days!Best regards.

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Mandy - posted on 01/07/2014

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Hot baths are not good so cooler baths will help and you can add a non-scented hypoallergenic moisturising cream or use baby oil or something similar after his bath. If he has eczema then you could try him on goats milk which is very good at practically clearing it up. Before the laws in the UK changed to only being allowed to sell pasturised milk my mum used to sell her own goats milk in a bakery where she worked part-time and one of the regular customers had a young daughter who had really bad eczema (practically head to toe) so my mum suggested that she try goats milk and within about a month the eczema had practically cleared up. My own daughter had mild eczema so I gave her goats milk and she no longer suffers, my cousins daughter suffered worse than my daughter so she tried the goat's milk and she no longer suffers and I know quite a few other cases that it worked for. Goats milk doesn't really taste any different than cows milk just slightly creamier and you can get it in full fat and semi-skimmed in most supermarkets. If he doesn't like milk I know that you can get a moisturising cream made from goats milk which can help. It's worth a try.

Mandy - posted on 01/07/2014

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Hot baths do dry out the skin so cooler baths will help. You can add a non-scented hypoallergenic moisturising oil/bubble bath to the water or use baby oil or something similar after his bath. If it turns out he suffers from eczema one of the best things that will practically clear up eczema is goat's milk. My mum has kept goats for about 30 years now and about 25 years ago she worked in a local bakery and the owners allowed her to sell the unpasturised goats milk in the shop (this was before the law in the UK changed to only being allowed to sell paturised milk, which unfortunately meant that after that we could only use the milk for ourselves). One of the regular customers of the bakery had a young daughter who suffered from extremely bad eczema (basically head to toe) and my mum suggested trying her on goats milk which she did and within a month the eczema had practically cleared up. My own daughter suffered with mild eczema when she was young and I put her on goats milk and she no longer suffers from it. My cousins daughter's eczema was worse than my daughters and the milk cleared it and I know of quite a few other cases that it worked. Goats milk doesn't really taste any different to normal cows milk just slightly cremated and you can get it in full fat and semi-skimmed in most supermarkets. If he doesn't like milk I know that you can buy moisturising cream made from goats milk. It's worth a try.

Aimee - posted on 01/07/2014

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the last thing you want to do is put him in a hot bath! That is only going to dry his skin out further.when he gets out of the the bath try Eucurin or Aquaphor. They are the best things I have found on the market for dry skin. I even use them myself. If that doesn't work, I would take him to the doctor and see what they have to say about it. Good luck.

Casey - posted on 01/03/2014

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Hello, I know this is a old post but I thought I would reply in case someone is reading this with the same condition. Have you tried using natural products? Yes Natural Online Health Store www.yesnatural.com.au has a great range of natural bath cleansing, bubble bath and moisturises suitable for babies & children.

Casey - posted on 01/02/2014

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Hello, I know this is a old post but if anyone else is reading this with the same condition, have you tried using natural products? Yes Natural Online Health Store www.yesnatural.com.au has a great range of natural bath cleansers, bubble bath and moisturises suitable for children and babies.

Elaine - posted on 02/27/2012

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my 9 yr old was born with many allergies and has extremely dry skin we use olive oil after bathing.

Sherri - posted on 10/31/2011

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Put lotion on after every shower or bath. Just so you know taking showers and longer baths will cause it to become worse as that dries out his skin even more. You need to limit the showers to only once or twice a week especially during the winter months to help not dry their skin out so badly.

Lios - posted on 10/31/2011

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My son had eczema really bad. I used cream and oat meal baths and it just seemed to be a temporary fix. I took him to the chiropractor and was told he had a parasite. After being adjusted several times he had not had it since.

Jacqueline - posted on 10/30/2011

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I have to say, I worked for a dermatologist and became very familiar with different skin conditions and the treatments, namely the non-prescription ones. These moms are right on point with the advice they gave. Warm baths, pat dry, moisturizing, and even using cleansers instead of soap. There are conditions that may need further treatment, such as psoriasis, eczema, and icthiosis, so if those suggestions don't work, see a dermatologist.

Karen - posted on 08/17/2011

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The lotion that I buy is 7x's more effective than Eucerin, the #1 dermatologist recommended lotion. It realy works! It holds the moisture on your skin. Not Greasy. Also great laundry detergent and fabric/softner...scent free. If scented, it is made with essential oils. Safe as tap water.

LEAH - posted on 08/17/2011

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I personally believe that kids should indeed bathe everyday. However there is lots of things you can do to make the baths better for him. Warm water is great! you can use olive oil, mineral oil or even baby oil in the water. After the bath pat the skin dry and use a good moisturizer. Eucerin makes a lotion that is a calming cream and is fragrance free. You could also use coconut oil. This is wonderful for the skin and does not have any perfumes in int either. Good luck. I know how hard dry skin can be to treat!

Leslie - posted on 08/16/2011

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Pat dry (don't rub) the water after off his skin after bathing. Don't take long & hot baths-sounds funny, but we've experienced the more water exposure, the dryer your skin in!! My son had this, they said it's eczsema due to allergies. Our doctor several years ago recommended Aquaphor (found at Walmart,) Koelzer Bee Farm Once-a-day lotion bar works too. Maybe skipping baths to every other night if possible works too, not to overdry his skin.

Joy - posted on 08/16/2011

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Very dry skin, especially in kids is a sign of dehydration. Although your child may not look dehydrated, the skin actually is. My son hates lotion and loves extremely long hot showers (he's 9). When I couldn't figure out why his skin was so dry his doctor did a series of blood tests and it turns out that he was indeed dehydrated.

Candace - posted on 08/16/2011

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Use warm not hot water and body butter after you pat not rub water off after bath. My son had dry flakely sking and that is what the doctor said to do.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 08/15/2011

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Try baby oil of any kind. My daughter's 6 and has had dry skin forever, the baby oil works the best! My daughter also prefers the gel to the actual oil because it's less messy

Julia - posted on 08/15/2011

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Long hot baths are the worst! Go to cool, short showers only when he's actually dirty. A light fragrance-free moisturizer will also help. Overbathing is the biggest cause of dry skin... kids don't NEED to wash every day.

Karen - posted on 08/14/2011

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I'm partnered with a company that makes an amazing lotion for dry skin and excema. Message me if you would like and I'll give you the scoop!

Julie - posted on 08/09/2011

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Hi Kara,

My son has had eczema since birth- I am familiar with dry skin! :)

We started giving showers as a result of our busy schedules, but before that happened, I used oatmeal in the bath instead of soap or body wash. I used a certain brand, but drug stores make their own colloidal oatmeal bath. Since my son's skin is super sensitive to any type of fragrance or detergents/soaps, the oatmeal attracts the dirt and washes away when rinsed so his skin out be clean without being irritated. Also, he is used to luke warm water in the shower or bath, as hot water dries out the skin. No hot water. Lastly, when he is still a little wet, I cover him in either mineral oil (no fragrance) or Vaseline/Aquaphor and then dab him dry with a towel (or just let him dry out in his birthday suit). Since it is summer and it's too hot to be covered with petroleum jelly, I bought my son a big container of lotion so he can lotion up after his shower- he's 6 and can do this on his own. I want him to take charge (he still needs a reminder and a little help) because he might have eczema for the rest of his life. The longer it goes untreated, the worse it gets!

Brandi - posted on 08/07/2011

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Long hot baths make it worse. I use triple paste it on the spots and they clear up within days but after that a good moisterizer works good to prevent

Marcelle - posted on 08/06/2011

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I agree with @Tamara. Also make sure he is not oversoaping himself. If neither of those help, add some Pinetarsol to the bath, which helps if it is eczema.

Tamara - posted on 08/05/2011

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You should be giving him short warm baths,then pat dry then use a moisturizer, According to my daughters Ped prolonged bathing actually drys out the skin and makes it more irritable.

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