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Dry Skin

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This handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about taking care of dry skin. Feel free to ask the doctor or nurse to go over any information you do not understand.

If your child has unusually dry skin, extra care is needed for his or her comfort. These are some skin care suggestions:
1. Use body temperature water for bathing (34°C or 98°F). Avoid taking long, hot baths.
2. Use a small amount of superfatted soap for cleansing. Remember to rinse the skin well. (Examples: White Dove®, Cetaphil®, Basis®, and Neutrogena®).
3. After bathing, pat your child’s skin dry with a soft towel. Do not dry your child’s skin by rubbing.
4. You may apply an appropriate bland moisturizing ointment or cream like Vaseline Petroleum Jelly®, Aquaphor®, Moisturel® or Cetaphil® to the damp skin. Apply within 5-minutes after bath or shower.

If you have hard water in your area, a water softener may be beneficial.

A humidifier may be helpful in your house, especially during the winter months. The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about the care of dry skin, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.

PDF: Child Health Information - DRY SKIN

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La informacion contenida en este material es unicamente informacion de tipo general. No debe considerarse como completa. Para obtener mas informacion acerca de los complementos para leche materna, por favor pidala a su doctor.
Corregido: 1994, 2000, 2001

The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about bathing your baby, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.

Additional information may be located in the Family Resource Center, 2nd floor, near the Outpatient Surgery Center. Hours of the center vary; please contact the Family Resource Center at 937-641-3700.

Copyright(c) The Children's Medical Center of Dayton. This material is for educational purposes only. It cannot be reproduced or distributed without permission from Dayton Children's.
Revised: 1994, 2000, 2001


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