My kids aren’t just white, they’re translucent. And they seem to have inherited my Irish complexion, which means anything and everything irritates their skin. Especially during winter.
New England winters are unforgiving and come February, we often wonder why we willingly live in a place where the air hurts your face. As the frigid weather tightens its icy grip and sends temperatures plummeting, parents in cold weather climates turn their attention to how to battle the dry skin, chapped lips, and eczema that plagues kids for 4 months out of the year.
Did you know the prevalence of eczema has increased among almost all kids under 18 from 2000 to 2010, according to the CDC? Whether you’re talking black kids (9% to 17%), Hispanic kids (5% to 10%), or white children (8% to 13%), it’s an alarming statistic to which most people pay little attention.
Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson fittingly calls eczema the “itch that rashes,” and judging by my own kids I’d have to agree.
Strangers love to stop my kids in public and talk about their “gorgeous cheeks” that are glowing with color. Unfortunately, that rosy pink hue is usually eczema and it’s there because they keep scratching. We try to use lotions and sunscreen (yes, you still need to use sunscreen even in winter) to keep their skin moisturized and mitigate the damage, but it never seems to totally work.
And as a reminder, whatever sunscreen you use be sure to check the label. Sam had a milk allergy when he was younger and we didn’t realize milk proteins are in some sunscreens. The result was — well, it wasn’t pretty. You can’t be too careful, and you can get some great tips by checking out knowyourOTCs.org.
Whether your kids are fair-skinned and ultra sensitive to the elements like mine or not, everyone should take eczema and dry skin seriously so it doesn’t turn into something worse. Adults too, as I can’t seem to put on flannel PJs in the winter without having them stick to the skin on my dried out legs in fits of static cling.
Here’s an infographic with some useful tips to keep handy for quick reference. Stay warm!
This is a sponsored post. I am collaborating with the CHPA (Consumer Health Products Association) Educational Foundation and knowyourOTCs.org. I was compensated for this post but as always, my opinions are 100% my own.