Magazine article USA TODAY

Protecting Kids' Skin during Winter

Magazine article USA TODAY

Protecting Kids' Skin during Winter

Article excerpt

An unusually cold, harsh winter could be rough on everything from heating bills to car batteries. Imagine what it can do to a child's skin. Gary Williams, a pediatrician at University of Wisconsin Children's Hospital, cautions that "the combination of cold air outside and dry heat inside helps produce irritated, dry skin that can be a real annoyance in winter."

Normally, the natural oils in the skin help seal in water that keeps it supple. Therefore, anything that causes moisture to evaporate, such as harsh wind or excessive heat, will contribute to dryness. In addition, too much washing can aggravate the problem by removing the skin's natural oils.

It is not just exposure to the air that can wreak havoc with skin during the winter. Some youngsters are sensitive to certain fabrics. Wool, a great insulator against chill, can produce chronic skin irritation. For those allergic to animal dander, spending more time indoors around family pets can aggravate allergic reactions.

Fortunately for children, protecting their skin is relatively simple. Dressing properly is the first step. When indoors, to prevent sweating and water loss from skin surfaces, try to keep the room temperature as cool as the family finds comfortable. …

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