Magazine article Working Mother

Ask Dr. Howard

Magazine article Working Mother

Ask Dr. Howard

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How can I prevent my child's skin from getting dry and irritated when the weather turns cold?

A: Skin needs water and moisture to stay healthy. Fall and winter are tough on sensitive skin because the air is colder and therefore drier. Plus, homes are usually heated with hot, dry air. To protect your child's skin from cool-weather irritation: Keep inside air moist. Use a humidifier in your child's room during the night. Cool-mist humidifiers are safest. If you use a warm steam vaporizer, be sure to keep it far from your child's reach, since it's easy for kids to get burned by these. Bathe your child briefly every day to infuse moisture into his skin. Use a soothing oatmeal soap like Aveeno, a dry-skin soap or no soap at all. Oatmeal powder added to the bath water can also soothe skin (but may make the tub slippery, so be careful). If you don't have time for a bath, spritz his skin with a spray bottle. Pat, don't rub, his skin with a towel after his bath. …

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