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How can you help your child's skin stay healthy and itch-free?

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  • Dry the drool, which can irritate your baby’s skin.
  • Use gentle fragrance- and dye-free cleansers and soaps.
  • Clip nails short. Babies and most kids can’t fight the urge to scratch that itch.
  • Bathe with lukewarm (not hot) water and avoid bubble baths. Keep baths short (3 to 5 minutes). Moisturize after a bath. Use an ointment or cream, and don't be afraid to slather it on.
  • Dress your child in soft cotton fabrics.
  • Spot and treat an infection. If you see symptoms of a skin infection -- pus or very red, sore, raised, hot, or crusty skin -- call your doctor.

From: How to Treat Your Kid’s Skin Allergy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Skin Rashes and Other Changes."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

National Eczema Association.

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NHS): "Atopic eczema in children."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Handout on Health: Atopic Dermatitis."

UpToDate: "Contact dermatitis (including latex dermatitis) (Beyond the Basics)," "Hives (urticarial) (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on October 20, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Skin Rashes and Other Changes."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

National Eczema Association.

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NHS): "Atopic eczema in children."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Handout on Health: Atopic Dermatitis."

UpToDate: "Contact dermatitis (including latex dermatitis) (Beyond the Basics)," "Hives (urticarial) (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on October 20, 2018

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