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Helpful Hints to Prevent Itchy Skin for Kids

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As we head into winter, many of us in Minnesota suffer from itchy, dry skin and eczema. A few tips to help prevent our kids from developing similar conditions:

1. Barrier therapy: Using moisturizer on our children may be key to preventing eczema. A recent study showed that infants that were treated with daily moisturizer prior to 6 months of age had lower rates of eczema and food allergy development. Moisturizer maintains the barrier function of the skin and prevents allergens from penetrating into the skin.

 

2. Probiotics: The studies on probiotics have shown that they create a modest benefit for eczema reduction. Probiotics may also help prevent food allergy development. For my own children, I try to give them a greek yogurt daily- this helps with calcium as well!
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3. Vitamin D supplementation:  Low levels of vitamin D may promote skin inflammation. Particularly in the Minnesota winter, where it is difficult to obtain enough vitamin D from the sun, it may be beneficial to supplement vitamin D. Please discuss how much to supplement with your pediatrician.

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4. Humidifier in the bedroom: Maintaining ambient humidity has been shown to hydrate the skin and prevent itching. Our skin rejuvenates while we sleep, thus the ideal place for a humidifier is in the bedroom (and this tip is great for parents too!).

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As itching and eczema are very common in the Minnesota winter, these tips may help prevent bad flares in our children. If your child is itchy or suffering from an eczema flare, Tareen Dermatology can always help.
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