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Psoriasis and eczema in children: suitable hygiene
Tips for gentle cleansing Your child's skin is fragilized and itchy. It needs gentle care. Does this mean we should stop daily washing? Follow our advice to give your child a gentle, protective and effective wash every day. Showering can also become a moment of pleasure in daily life.
The skin of a child suffering from eczema or psoriasis is fragilized and weakened.
Many parents think that it is better to space out washing for children with atopic skin, but hygiene is necessary, especially in summer when sweat and dust accumulate.
Eczema and psoriasis: the right way to wash without causing redness
Hands are the best way to wash children's skin without risking further redness. Avoid the use of flannels or body puffs, as these can cause friction and attack the already sensitive skin. What’s more, these bathroom accessories tend to be nests for germs.
Once out of the water, avoid harsh towel drying. Gently patting the body dry is the best way to avoid reactivating the itching sensation. This also helps keep a certain amount of moisture on the skin, which makes it easier to apply emollient.
How gently you wash your children's hair and scalp is as important as the way you wash the rest of their body, especially since children often have eczema or psoriasis outbreaks on their scalp. Choose a mild dermatological shampoo for frequent use. Avoid perfumed products at all costs, as these may irritate your child's already dry scalp.
Warm, short showers are preferable. But you don't have to avoid baths altogether. As long as the water is lukewarm rather than hot, they don’t spend too long in the bath (maximum 10 minutes) and you don't use foaming and perfumed products or essential oils, baths can be a precious moment of relaxation for your child. After a long day at school, it's a nice way to soothe them, as children with eczema or psoriasis often experience a lot of stress on a daily basis.
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