Ouch! Dry Chapped Skin!

Ouch! Dry Chapped Skin!

Brrrrr! winter is here! With cold weather comes dry air and for many of us that means incredibly dry skin! For some reason dry skin and eczema plagues special needs kids. Parents are always talking about it and asking for new things they can do try to solve this problem. It’s all the buzz right now.

Here are some tips we found from moms like you!

Dry face – My daughter always gets dry skin on her nose and around her mouth. Largely in part to her drooling so much. To combat this, I put a healthy dose of Aquaphor around her mouth after she has fallen asleep for her nap or for the night. Be careful using medicine on the face, it’s a very sensitive area, try this first and hopefully it will bring you success. Because of the area, I would consult a doctor to combat this if it’s an issue that continues beyond this.

Dry patches – My kids get dry patches on their arms and legs. The first step to is to not wipe dry after baths let the skin air dry. Then use a nice thick lotion like Eucerin, CeraVe or Cetaphil (the kind that comes in a tub). You can use over the counter Hydrocortisone cream sparingly on the spots. If they continue to be a problem, or if they itch and bleed, talk to a doctor for a stronger Hydrocortisone or another cream to try.

Dry feet and hands – This is the most common problem that comes up and as such, we have a million and one ways to try and tackle it. All of the suggestions generally stem around putting some sort of topical cream on the dry area and then putting mittens, gloves or socks over the top. Some of the suggested creams are:

  • Vanicream
  • RENEWLotion
  • Coconut Oil
  • Bag Balm
  • Neem
  • Eucerin
  • CeraVe
  • Aquaphor
  • O’Keefe’s working Hands
  • Coloplast Sween 24 Cream

*If your child chews or sucks on their hands there is a neoprene hand guard that can be purchased to protect that skin. If you need me to do some digging to get the details, comment and let me know and I will get back to you.

In all cases, things to avoid are alcohol and fragrances. There is even alcohol on some baby wipes, consider buying a sensitive brand or rinsing them with water if you intend to wipe a raw area. It stings! Seems counter-intuitive but avoid common baby lotions like Johnson’s (shudder). The shampoo and the lotion are very harsh and do more harm than good.

(Generally speaking you should avoid these anyway just use a dab on your child’s head for that perfect smell!)

Have any of these creams worked for you? Do you have a suggestion I didn’t mention? Let me know in the comments!


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