Allergies are very common among children. Children get allergies or fall sick often due to a simple fact that their immune system is not fully developed yet. Allergies don’t cause children to just sneeze and wheeze, they can also show up on their skin. A reaction may take many forms such as eczema, allergic rashes, hives, and swelling.

Here are certain tips and preventive measures that you can take to ensure that your child’s skin is protected.

1. Gentle skin care: Use fragrance and dye free cleansers and syndets. Harsh soaps can make the skin dry and break down its protective barrier.

2. Bathe: Using lukewarm water (not hot) can soothe the skin and help children feel relaxed. Avoid bubble baths and long bath times as it can dry out the skin.

3. Moisturize after a bath: After a bath, dry the skin gently and apply a nice coat of moisturizing cream or lotion on the skin. A good moisturizer will keep the skin hydrated and smooth and prevent the skin from drying out.

4. Treat an infection immediately: If you notice symptoms of skin infections such as rashes, redness, frequent itching or dryness, call your doctor immediately and get it treated.