Taking care of your child’s skin in the summer can feel like a full time job. There are so many things to consider: Which sunscreen should I choose? How often should I apply? Are daily showers and baths really necessary? We decided to ask Pediatric Dermatologist on behalf of JOHNSON’S® professional council, Joseph M. Lam, MD for some insider tips.
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Top Tips for Summer Skin Care for Kids
What is the best way to protect little one’s skin from the summer heat when they are too young to wear sunscreen?
The hallmark of sun protection includes seeking shade, covering up exposed skin with clothing and the use of sunscreen. It is generally recommended that infants younger than 6 months be kept out of direct sunlight. Shade, clothing and broad brimmed hats are the best sun protection measures for infants. Sunscreens should be applied to areas of the skin not protected by clothing.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has stated that “sunscreen may be used on infants younger than 6 months on small areas of skin if adequate clothing and shade are not available.” (reference: Balk SJ; Council on Environmental Health; Section on Dermatology. Ultraviolet radiation: a hazard to children and adolescents. Pediatrics. 2011 Mar;127(3): e791-817)
How many times per day should you be applying lotion to baby’s skin?
With regards to regular moisturizers, if the baby’s skin is dry, applying as often as possible to achieve smooth skin is best. However, in a busy household, at least twice a day is best. A few studies have shown that moisturizing babies at least once a day can prevent the development of eczema (atopic dermatitis).
Is a daily bath necessary? What is the recommended number of times per week to bathe a baby?
Daily bathing is often recommended for patients with eczema; however, there is no evidence to support a standard recommendation for the frequency, duration or the method of bathing. Moisturizing after bathing is strongly recommended. One study showed that bathing without moisturizing could make the skin more dry. However, if a moisturizer was applied after the bath, the skin became less dry, despite having been bathed. Reference: Chiang C, Eichenfield LF. Quantitative assessment of combination bathing and moisturizing regimens on skin hydration in atopic dermatitis. Pediatr Dermatol. 2009 May-Jun;26(3):273-8.
What are your recommendations for babies with eczema? Are there tips you have found that are particularly helpful?
There are many tips for babies with eczema. The main points are that:
Identified triggers should be avoided.
- Identified triggers should be avoided
- Frequent moisturization is very helpful for prevention and treatment of flares. Thicker creams (such as JOHNSON’S® HEAD-TO-TOE™ extra moisturizing baby cream) tend to last longer and be more protective than lotions
- Topical medications (like topical corticosteroids) are safe and effective if used properly.
- Proper education on atopic dermatitis (eczema) is an important part of long-term success.
If there is one thing you wish parents were more aware of in terms of skincare, what would it be?
One important point is that not all ‘natural’ products are safe for the skin. Occasionally, we see patients with skin reactions to components of skin care products ranging from vitamin E (tocopherol) to a derivative of coconut oil known as cocamidopropyl betaine. A recent study showed that olive oil (although great for the heart) has negative effects on the skin if used as a moisturizer. Not all products from nature are harmful. However, they are not all safe for the skin either. Reference: Danby S et al. Effect of olive and sunflower seed oil on the adult skin barrier: implications for neonatal skin care. Pediatr Dermatol. 2013; 30(1):42-50.
Interview with Joseph M Lam, MD:
- Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Associate Member, Department of Dermatology and Skin Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
- Pediatric Dermatologist on behalf of JOHNSON’S® professional council
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XO The Good Enuf Mommy