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Dry Skin in Babies and Children

Dry skin, medically known as Xerosis, is a common condition in babies and children, often causing discomfort and irritation. At MJR Dermatology in Lawrenceville, GA, we specialize in treating dry skin in pediatric patients. Our team, led by Dr. Matthew Reschly, offers expert care, combining advanced medical treatments with practical advice to manage and improve your child’s skin health.

Understanding Xerosis in Babies and Kids

Dry skin in children can range from mild dryness to severe Xerosis, characterized by:

  • Rough, scaly, or flaky skin
  • Itchiness
  • Redness or irritation
  • Cracks in the skin that may sometimes bleed

Causes of Pediatric Dry Skin

Several factors can contribute to dry skin in babies and kids, including:

  • Genetic Predisposition: Some children are naturally prone to dry skin due to their genetic makeup.
  • Environmental Factors: Dry air, particularly during winter, can strip moisture from the skin. Overexposure to sun and wind can also exacerbate dryness.
  • Bathing Habits: Frequent bathing or use of harsh soaps can remove natural oils from the skin, leading to dryness.
  • Skin Conditions: Conditions like eczema and psoriasis can cause dry skin.
  • Dehydration: Inadequate fluid intake can affect skin hydration.

Treatment Options for Dry Skin/Xerosis

Our approach to treating dry skin in children is comprehensive and personalized. Treatment strategies may include:

  • Moisturizing Creams and Lotions: Regular use of fragrance-free, hypoallergenic moisturizers to hydrate the skin.
  • Gentle Skin Care Products: Recommending mild, soap-free cleansers that don’t strip the skin’s natural oils.
  • Bathing Practices: Advising on the frequency and temperature of baths to avoid exacerbating dry skin.
  • Hydration: Encouraging adequate fluid intake for overall hydration.
  • Humidifiers: Using humidifiers in the home to add moisture to the air, especially in dry climates or during winter.

Prevention and Care

Preventive measures are key in managing dry skin in children. Our team provides guidance on:

  • Regular Moisturizing: Establishing a routine of applying moisturizer immediately after bathing.
  • Protecting Skin from the Elements: Using appropriate clothing and skin protection during cold or windy weather.
  • Sun Protection: Applying sunscreen to protect the skin from UV rays.
  • Healthy Diet: Ensuring a balanced diet rich in essential vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids, which can improve skin health.

Visit Us in Lawrenceville for Pediatric Skin Care

If your child is struggling with dry skin or Xerosis, contact MJR Dermatology in Lawrenceville, GA. Schedule a consultation to receive expert advice and a customized treatment plan. Our goal is to ensure your child’s skin is healthy, comfortable, and well-cared for.

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Matthew J. Reschly, M.D., PC


2000 Riverside Pkwy, Suite 100
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Located on the lower Courtyard Level

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