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An overview of the signs, symptoms and treatment options for your child's dry skin.

Key points

  • The skin has natural oils to keep it lubricated and soft.
  • Too much or too little bathing can lead to dry, irritated skin.
  • You can prevent dry skin by having your child take short baths with warm water.
  • Avoid harsh, drying soaps and opt for fragrance-free, soap-free cleansers and moisturizing ointments.
  • Place a cool-mist humidifier in your child's room to add moisture to the air inside your home during winter months.
Last updated: January 28th 2010