With summer settling in, our skin is soon going to face the brunt of it. Most beauty experts believe that during soaring high temperatures, the skin exfoliates naturally. However, those with dry to combination skin experience a myriad of challenges. But, babies and children have ultra-sensitive skin. From birth, the skin of most babies is prone to rashes or reactions due to environmental factors (temperature changes, sweating, wind), chemical stresses, or even rubbing from their diaper or clothing. So, we bring to you tried-and-tested home remedies to treat/cure dry skin in children. Easy, healthy and zero side effects home remedies that are tried and tested from ancient times.
In India, we always look for home remedies be it to cure loose motions or constipation, nausea, or stomach ache (as long as these are not serious and can be cured after having consulted the pediatrician with the symptoms) that could replace the intake of a medicine or a tonic. The listed below home remedies to cure dry skin in children are coming to you straight from our grandma’s kitchen. Beware! Every child is unique and so is their skin type. So, what may suit your child, can be learned only through a few trials.
Home remedies to cure dry skin with no aftereffects on the health of the baby:
1. Natural bath oils:
Oil is the best home remedy for dry skin. A spoon full of natural oils such as coconut or sunflower oil works wonders for dry skin in children. Ensure the water is lukewarm when you add two drops of these oils while giving a bath to them.
2. Sweet almond oil
A perfect dose for one’s mind, body, and especially skin. Rich in Vitamin E which soothes irritation caused by dryness, and an excellent source of antioxidants, sweet almond oil also has fatty acids that help retain moisture. The zinc content of the oil helps smoothen rough, calloused skin. For this reason, Almond oil has also been used to treat dry skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis. Ensure you opt for pure or organic sweet almond oil, which doesn’t have a fragrance.
3. Aloe vera gel
Aloe vera gel is an easily available nature’s best medicine, which has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. Peel and squeeze the gel from the plant and apply it gently in the dry skin area of the kid. Leave it for ten minutes. A perfect moisturizer and a cooling agent for the skin of your baby, you can grow this plant indoors.
4. No chlorine or salt water bath
In summer, kids are usually attracted to swimming pools. As parents, we allow them to go ahead to play in the pool because we think it would help cool their bodies (and minds). Having said that, we forget that chlorine or salt water in the pool could strip moisture from their skin, causing dryness, rashes, and irritation. Always remember to rinse off your little one with the tap water after the pool party.
5. Diet moderation (for older kids)
Ensure your kid consumes a balanced diet. The intake of the food must have Vitamin A, B, and E which are usually the cause of dry skin when deficient in the body. Avoid too much of sugary products for the kid while having a skin rash. A handful of dry fruits in their daily diet is mandatory.
6. Homemade lotions
Do not apply any chemically prepared lotions or creams to cure the dry skin in babies. Try homemade skin cream or uptan recipe. One of the famous recipes is the mixture of honey, olive oil, and aloe vera gel which keeps the baby’s skin hydrated for a long time.
7. Breast milk
Breast milk is the purest form of home remedy to cure dryness in children. Apply a few drops on the dry patches of your little one’s skin and see the results.
For children above 12 months of age, intake of water needs to be monitored as well. Minimum 6-8 glasses of liquids, including lemonade, chaach (buttermilk), coconut water, and fresh home-prepared juice would be helpful.
The application of these simple home remedies is fairly easy and doesn’t have any stress or side-effects. However, if the skin patch is bulging, red or the baby is rubbing or it’s itchy, best to call or visit the doctor immediately. It might be a sign of a serious skin infection, which would need an expert’s attention.
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