Unfortunately, my daughter inherited my sensitive skin. She has eczema and her skin is easily irritated. This means that she is often itchy and unhappy, which makes it difficult for her to sleep. Using some homeopathic methods and trying different home remedies out, we have found some simple, at home, non prescription ways to help soothe her sensitive skin. These methods are especially good for children with sensitive skin.
Use a humidifier
Pretty much every time one of my kids gets sick, the first thing that the pediatrician advises is to put a humidifier in their room. Even though we live in Tennessee, where there is generally high humidity, dry air is often a problem indoors. During the winter especially, we close all of our doors and winters and run the heater. This dries out the air to levels drier than many deserts!
We all know that dry skin is unhappy skin, so a simple way to help is just to improve hydration. Put a cold air humidifier in their room, and make sure they drink plenty of water. This extra hydration will help your child’s skin to heal.
Avoid Perfumes and Chemicals
My daughter often tries out lotions, and then complains that her skin stings or hurts. The reason why is simple. A lot of products have a lot of crap in them. You would think that children’s products would be gentler and more natural, but companies often add extra perfumes and colorings into them. If a lotion is bright pink and smells like strawberries, chances are that it is full of chemicals. Lots of skin products also have high levels of alcohol, which dries skin out.
If you are going to use lotion, invest in some high quality lotions that do not have a lot of extra perfumes or chemicals. We have good luck with Burt’s Bees Calming Baby Lotion-despite being a baby lotion, I still use it on my seven-year-old.
Unfortunately, sometimes other fun things also fall in this category. Face paint is generally a bad idea for kids with sensitive skin.
There are natural alternatives to processed lotions that are cheaper, gentler, greener, and all around good to try. For example, run a warm bath for your kid. Tie some oats (just plain rolled oats like you buy in the grocery store) into an old pair of tights or thin cloth. Let it soak in the bath. It will make the bath water go milky and will almost instantly help to soothe sensitive and irritated skin. Try out different natural alternatives and see what works best for you.