seriously dry skin

Megan - posted on 01/20/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My 4-year-old son has some seriously dry skin on the bottom of one foot. The only thing that seems to work is Neutrogena Foot Cream, but I don't put it on everyday since we don't bathe everyday. The foot has been this way for over a year now, spreading slowly, and the pediatrician keeps saying not to worry about it - kids' feet do all kinds of weird stuff that clears up. And it has never hurt or itched, so I didn't worry about it. But last night, he showed me that it has spread to the top of his foot and said that that part hurts. It's not on the other foot...yet! He rarely goes barefoot anywhere, and his shoes have been changed a few times since he's growing like crazy. There are no sores, pus or blood...just dry, peeling skin. The pediatrician did specifically say that it's not athlete's foot or any fungus. Any clue?

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Kerri - posted on 01/21/2009

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I would see a dermatologist too. Sounds like he has had this way too long and there is nothing wrong with easing our minds!!! My daughter is almost 3 and has dry skin all of a sudden and we are making an appt. with a dermatologist! They are the pro's at skin. Good Luck and hope you find some answers! Kerri in North Carolina.

Amy - posted on 01/20/2009

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Could it be eczema? My '2 year old has it. It is not all over, mostly just random spots from time to time. I love Disney Baby's, baby eczema cream from wal-mart baby section and Mary Kay's extra emollient night cream. Could not survive without these.

Lindsay - posted on 01/20/2009

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Hi! I am a consultant for Arbonne products and I have a client that had this same problem with her son only on his hands. His skin was peeling off and cracking and teh doctors had NO explanation for her. She got some of the lotion from my catalong and said it really really helped her son. Also their diaper rash cream works WONDERS on rashes, dry skin, etc. I love these products and truly believe in them. I would NEVER suggest something just for the sake of selling it, I have a 9 month old and know how vitally important it is for our children to be healthy in every sense. I would check on that if you don't have anything else that works. These products are all natural, no chemicals or mineral oil! I hope you find something that helps!

Veronica - posted on 01/20/2009

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Hi how are you, I am studing Natural nutrition and from what you are explaining i might think that he may be low in Essential fatty acids in his diet, the major signs of defieciency are dry skin, however it spreading i too would be concerned. Have you ever considered going to a natural path doctor or a certified nutritionist? They are really good at figuring out the unknown

Jacqueline - posted on 01/20/2009

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My daughter is 7 but when she was born up to know has had REALLY bad skin I have gone to every kid of doctor you can think of and have tried tons of different med cremes nothing worked on her. Everything they gave me did nothing. It got so bad that she couldnt put shoes on at all because she had no skin. The past year she has skin and NO dry skin AT ALL. Go out and try Aveeno skin relief body wash fragrance free. with natural collidal oatmeal.Try this and then try the doctors if this doesnt work.

Tanya D - posted on 01/20/2009

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Hi Megan.
I had similar concerns when my daughter developed a dry rash that spread. It spread slowly for a little over a month during which time she saw the pediatrician twice but the pediatrician wasn't concerned but couldn't give a diagnosis or any kind of explanation. I decided to take her to a dermatologist to ease my worries. (Yes, it's more expensive!) Turned out it was just that, dry skin, bordering excema. She "prescribed" over-the-counter treatments: AmLactin (an alpha hydroxy exfoliant); and Cetaphil (a little gentler, used more liberally). Not a week after we started using these treatments, her rash was gone. Best to you!

Megan - posted on 01/20/2009

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Thanks, Lisa! I hadn't thought of zinc oxide, but that's brilliant! I'll try that before I go the (more expensive) Dr. route. Thanks everyone!

Lisa - posted on 01/20/2009

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I agree. If the pediatrician is not answering your concerns satisfactorily then seek another opinion. And do this through them... ask them for a referral to a dermatologist. In the meanwhile, I have found that there are two things that work great for dry skin for us 1) zinc oxide; and, 2) body lotion or butter with dimethicone. I generally only use the zinc oxide on my children because it's meant for them. Occasionally I use the other, since it's great for sealing in moisture, but it isn't meant for children specifically. My boys both get dry cracking skin under and between their toes. I rub (slather) on a liberal amount of the zinc ointment at bed time and put on a pair of socks. It helps to sooth and heal the cracks as well as moisturize the dry skin.

Kim - posted on 01/20/2009

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Hi Megan...my kids are much older than yours, but I think if the pediatrician is not answering your questions and you know something may not be right and you are seriously concerned about this (which I probably would too), I would take him to a dermatologist. Maybe it is what the pediatrican said, but it would put your mind at ease. Good Luck! Kim in Michigan

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