The skin is the largest organ in the body. It’s also the most noticeable. That means when a child gets a skin condition, it’s especially apparent. It can make a child self-conscious. Plus, the skin condition can be uncomfortable and even painful. Here are some tips on how to treat a child suffering from a skin condition.

Get a Diagnosis

The first step to helping your child when they have a skin problem is to go to a doctor and get a diagnosis. Schedule an appointment at a time when the skin condition is flaring up so that the doctor can see the problem first hand. You should also be sure to take notice of any patterns, such as things that seem to cause the flare ups or times of the years it pops up more often than others.

Educate Yourself

In order to help your child, you need to learn about their condition. There are a number of different skin conditions, and you would treat them differently. For example, atopic dermatitis disease is slightly different than psoriasis. Research the disease to learn what causes it and what you can do to keep it under control.

Change Simple Habits

A lot of skin conditions happen when the skin is overly dry. For this reason, you should change some daily habits. Start with using a high quality moisturizer every day on the affected area. Make sure the moisturizer won’t create a bad reaction when mixed with any medications. You should also try some other simple ways of helping, such as taking cooler showers and keeping pets out of the child’s bedroom.

Use Medication

The most effective way to treat a skin condition is to use medication. Your dermatologist should be able to point you in the right direction of what OTC medication for you to use. If the condition is serious enough, the doctor might prescribe a more intense medication you have to pick up at the pharmacy. Most of the time, it will be a topical cream. However, it can also be an oral tablet in some circumstances.

Skin conditions can be a hassle, but they are definitely manageable. You should tackle the problem as soon as possible before it gets worse. You also want to teach your child habits that will help them for the rest of their life, since many skin conditions can come back throughout a person’s life.

By Lizzie Weakley

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.

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