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By Clark Podiatry Center
December 20, 2016
Tags: Dry skin   moisturize   eczema  

Have you noticed that your skin has been feeling drier lately? You come out of the shower, and when the water has dried off, you feel tightness in your skin and notice dry patches on your hands or shins. You have to moisturize your skin more than normal. What’s causing this?

Well, when winter hits, the air becomes cold and dry. The reduction in humidity in the air most visibly affects your skin. Other effects include increased thirst, dry eyes, dry mouth, and dry, brittle hair. These changes may be slight at first, but the longer you are exposed to the elements, it’s likely that you’ll experience that the dry air affects your overall body.

This applies to your children too. Dry, cracked skin, especially on the feet can cause pain and discomfort to your children. It’s pretty likely that after they shower or even just wash their hands and face, children are not very diligent about moisturizing their skin. They probably don’t think much about moisturizing their feet either. This is where you, as a parent, can assist them.

Children can experience dry, itchy feet due to a number of reasons:

  • As mentioned above, children should moisturize skin from head to toe during the winter to combat dry air.
  • Long, hot baths, while tempting in the cold weather, can remove natural oils in the skin that help keep moisture.
  • Children who walk to school may layer up on socks to keep warm. Once inside, the feet can overheat and sweat, but the sweat may not evaporate in multiple socks. This can cause irritation, chapping, and cracking, especially if your child scratches itchy skin.
  • Rain and snow boots can lead to the same type of irritation. Keep aware of how long your children are in these types of shoes to prevent sweat buildup and dry skin when shoes are taken off. Plus, bacteria and fungi are more likely to grow in these dark, damp spaces.
  • Children who are predisposed to dry skin due to eczema or other dermatitis are more likely to experience changes in their skin in the winter.
  • Dehydration can make dry skin worse in the winter. Make sure your children drink plenty of fluids, as well as foods containing vitamin A and E to help nourish skin.

Always remember to always keep your feet warm, but dry. If you have any questions or concerns about excessive dry skin on the feet or ankles, make an appointment to come see our board-certified foot doctor, Brandon Macy, DPM. He and his team will be more than happy to help you at our Clark, NJ office. We wish you and your family health, warmth and joy during the holiday season!

 



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