Tips for Dealing With Your Child’s Dry Skin


“Mommy my hands hurt.”  A simple statement from my son mid-winter.  However when I looked at his hands to investigate it didn’t look very simple at all.  It seems like almost overnight he went from having nice soft “baby” skin to red and chapped his hands.  Having never really shown to have sensitive skin before this year, his hands have shown their true colors.  Between the wild ups and downs in temperature and frequent hand washing he developed a case of mild eczema on his hands.  He had red patches on the backs of his hands and his knuckles were starting to crack. I knew we had to do something quickly before it got worse.  While cutting down on hand washing is not really an option (kids are germy) there were things that we could do to help his skin get better.
Tips for Dealing With Your Childs Dry Skin

Tips for Dealing With Your Child’s Dry Skin

  1. Cut down the baths – Stretch baths to every 2-3 days. Bathing removes your skins natural oils along with the dirt you are trying to wash away.  Decrease the amount if time your child spends sitting in the bath water as well
  2. Put up a barrier – make sure your child is wearing gloves when outside to protect their hands from the cold and the wind
  3. Moisturize, moisturize, Moisturize – help out their skin by adding back some of that moisture from the outside.  Use a moisturizer or ointment to help replenish the skin several times a day.  Make sure you use moisturizer after a quick pat dry when getting out of the tub.
  4. Hydrate from the inside out – make sure your child is drinking lots of water to stay hydrated as well
  5. Ditch the hot water – wash hands and bathe in warm water not hot
Tips for Dealing With Your Childs Dry Skin
We started with two changes the first being to make sure that he wore his gloves to protect his hands when he was outside playing. And the second being to moisturize his hands often not only at home but at school as well.  Even though Monkey is only 5 years old we were able to discuss the importance of applying moisturizer to his hands while at school.  He was responsible enough to be able to take the cream in his backpack and use it a couple of times a day while at school.  We gave the NEUTROGENA® NORWEGIAN FORMULA® Fragrance Free Hand Cream a try and I was really impressed with the results. 
neutrogena norwegian formula hand cream
You only need a tiny dab of this hand cream to really see results. It is one of those creams where less really is more. The 50 mL tube size was perfect to fit in Monkey’s backpack and he could easily open the container himself.  And at a price point of less then $7 it fit into our budget even if he was to lose the tube while at school.  
Within a few days of making these changes we saw a drastic improvement in his hands.  They were no longer red, sore or cracking and he was able to get back to all of his favourite activities pain free.  Now we just need to moisturize once a day to maintain his nice skin. 
Tips for Dealing With Your Childs Dry Skin
I also gave the NEUTROGENA® NORWEGIAN FORMULA® Hand Cream a try and I was really impressed with how nicely it absorbed into my skin.  I am always a bit weary creams that look like ointments, some of them are so greasy.  Well this cream absorbs in seconds, did not leave any greasy residue at all, and made my hands feel nice and soft.  Now that is a win in my books!  Now hubby is giving it a try too.  As a contractor his hand take a beating daily and need all the help they can get.
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30 thoughts on “Tips for Dealing With Your Child’s Dry Skin”

  1. Elizabeth Matthiesen

    Moisturise again and again. I’ll also put on a thick moisturising cream at night and then socks, this helps a lot with my feet.

  2. I just smother myself in moisturizer to keep my skin hydrated, the winter really dries out my face and hands!

  3. My tips are to drink lots of water to stay hydrated, and apply lotion right when you get out of the shower.

  4. I have no tips, I just struggle thru winter every year. Dry, itchy skin as most things I try to put on make me itch even more 🙁

  5. These are all such helpful tips! I have been fortunate to live in a city where the weather is mild, but we still have to integrate many if not all of these. My little one has super soft hands because we moisturize (though she needs to drink more water, for sure!), keep them covered, and have definitely cut baths back by half. Been great for the water bill too! Now if only mama can follow in little mama’s footsteps and do the same. Moisturize moisturize moisturize! Thanks for the reminder!

  6. My seven years has suffered from eczema since he was a wee baby and it has always been a challenge to help his poor skin. All of your tips are spot on Katie and we do the same things. One tip I have that works well for the winter (and while my son is younger) is to limit showers to ever 3 to 4 days a week and just do sponge baths in between. William has these nasty patches on his torso, front and back, as well as shoulders, arms and backs of his legs and the sponge baths help to keep irritation to a minimum.

  7. Mary Anne LaRocque-Ouamar

    Just like shampoo and conditioner, I use body wash and then conditioner on my arms and legs/feet and rinse.

  8. Debbie White Beattie

    Use a body wash with moisturizer and moisturize after the shower. I always use chapstick to keep my lips soft.

  9. you have to keep applying lotions I heard of putting lotion on then thin cotton gloves at night helps them faster but I have never tried it

  10. Oh geez, poor kiddo, I hate dry skin on hands. It can feel like a whole bunch of annoying/painful paper-cuts. Luckily the kids here seem to be okay for now (knock on wood!) Jay always has an issue with dry hands, so will keep Neutrogena in mind next time we’re looking for a hand cream. <3

    Love your tips! We keep in mind to grab a glass of water at hand (pardon the pun,) as often as we can and always have moisturizer in my purse, heh. 🙂

  11. I feel his pain, poor little guy. Dry, itchy skin can be so annoying to deal with. We often use Neutrogena and I love how quickly it soothes.

  12. The post bath pat dry (don’t rub) and apply moisture barrier ( coconut oil) was the best advise I got from my daughter’s doctor.

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