Your children’s skin is often a lot more sensitive to the environment than your adult skin is. This is because their bodies are still developing and that means their immune system is also still developing.
With kids, they’ll often get themselves in all sorts of situations where they may find that their skin is feeling irritated. When you’re on a family vacation, it can be frustrating for your child to have to deal with the pain and irritation that’s felt.
Here are some helpful tips that might help when it comes to dealing with kids who have irritated skin during vacation.
Use oats or milk in a bath to soak their skin
Firstly, when it comes to soothing skin that’s become irritated, it’s always worth introducing them to an oats or milk bath. This is a great way to naturally reduce the inflammation that might be causing the skin to become irritated in the first place.
Both oats and milk are useful for soaking skin and should be the first port of call when irritation strikes. Make sure they’re spending around 10-15 minutes in the bath with some lukewarm water. You don’t want to make it too hot and irritate the skin further. If lukewarm is still painful, then try to make it slightly warm but lean more towards a cool bath that they can stay in for around 10 minutes if possible.
Be sure to do everything to protect the skin
Protecting the skin is a good way to prevent irritation in the first place. If you’re knowledgeable of certain materials or liquids that can cause irritation to your child’s skin, avoid coming into contact with them at all costs.
On vacation, the most common skin irritation that most will experience is sunburn. In order to prevent this from occurring, it’s good to stay on top of your child’s skin. That can be easier said than done, especially when you’ve got multiple kids and you want to relax.
However, if they’re not old enough to apply it themselves, make sure you’re doing it as and when their skin starts to feel a little hot. It might be a case that with older children, you need to remind them to reapply the SPF lotion.
Make use of essential oils
Essential oils are a great option to try out when it comes to treating irritated skin. There are a lot of different types of essential oils that you might want to introduce into the skin and if you’re someone who wants to try them out, then it’s worth doing some research.
One of the best and most recommended ones for treating skin irritations is jojoba oil. There are many benefits of jojoba oil, these include:
- High levels of vitamin E
- It’s an antioxidant that can prevent scaring
- Heals wounds quickly
- Useful for eczema
- It’s got anti-inflammatory properties.
Treat any sunburn with aloe vera gel
With sunburn, it’s very common for it to occur, even if you’re being consistent with applying sun tan lotion throughout the day on your child’s skin.
Treating sunburn varies depending on how much sunburn there is and how severe it might be. In most cases, it’s worth treating sunburn with aloe vera gel. You can get this in aftersun lotions but if you want to avoid any and all additional chemicals, then try to use a natural aloe vera gel where possible.
If you’ve got access to fresh aloe vera, even better! This can be a great way to soothe sunburn and irritated skin in general.
Keep the irritated skin loosely covered if needed
When it comes to irritated skin, you don’t want to wrap it up in tight clothing, as that might only irritate it more.
You might benefit better from wrapping the skin in loosely covered clothing or leaving it exposed so that it can continue to heal. For example, this might be something you do throughout the night as you’re sleeping and once you’ve applied any ointments or lotions to help it heal more quickly.
See a dermatologist if it doesn’t improve when you get back
Finally, if the irritation hasn’t gotten any better, then it’s a good idea to see a dermatologist. This is important because it’s going to help identify whether the problem is a more serious one than you thought. Make sure you’re booking in to see one as soon as you get back from your vacation.
Dealing with irritated skin can be challenging but with the right tips, you’ll be able to tackle it effectively.