“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 Child’s Dry Skin
- 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
- Put up a barrier – make sure your child is wearing gloves when outside to protect their hands from the cold and the wind
- 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.
- Hydrate from the inside out – make sure your child is drinking lots of water to stay hydrated as well
- Ditch the hot water – wash hands and bathe in warm water not hot
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.
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.
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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