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Posted on: August 25, 2015

Skin protects us from harmful germs, helps keep us cool, and protects our organs and much more. Your children’s skin requires care to keep it healthy, but skin care for children is a little different from teens or adults. A child’s skin is more delicate and requires gentler cleaning and milder skin care products. Here is how to take care of your child’s skin.      

Products to Use

Use soaps and body washes labeled hypoallergenic because these are dye-free and perfume free and are easier on sensitive skin. If your child has extra sensitive skin, use products made for babies.

Children’s Skin Care Routine

An easy skin care routine for kids starts in the morning. After breakfast, clean the child’s hands and face with hypoallergenic soap and water. Scrub gently with a soft washcloth and rinse with cool water. School-age kids should be able to perform this task on their own after you show them how. Other than hand washing before lunch and dinner, most children can wait for more washing up until bath time at night.

Sun Care

Sunburns are painful and there is indication that severe sunburns during childhood leave the skin more susceptible to skin cancer in adulthood. Always apply sunscreen, with an SPF of 30 or above, to your child before he goes outdoors to play in spring and summer.


Kids can suffer from dry skin, especially in wintertime. Apply baby oil or a hypoallergenic moisturizing cream over the skin after their bath. Skin accepts moisturizer more readily after bathing or showering when the pores are relaxed and open. Teaching kids good skin care practices when young helps them get into a healthy hygiene habit. This provides lifelong benefits, keeping your child healthier and happier. If usual symptoms appear, such as rashes, always consult a physician for advice. Skin allergies are very common, but they can be a sign of issues requiring medical care.

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