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Keratosis Pilaris Treatment: What NOT to do for KP skin

Keratosis Pilaris: Toddlers, Babies, and Children Do’s and Don’ts 

Keratosis pilaris in toddlers, babies or kids of any age can be overwhelming for their parents. From hearing the diagnosis to finding the best keratosis pilaris treatment for your little one, there is a LOT to learn.

If you have a child with keratosis pilaris, eczema (atopic dermatitis) or sensitive skin condition, maybe you’ve read quite a bit online about what to do to treat your child’s skin.

From keratosis pilaris lotion and creams to scrubs and vitamins, to allergy medicines…You’ve likely been bombarded with hundreds of methods to try.

Take a deep breath. We’ve got you covered.

But before you start finding the best thing to DO for your child with KP, let’s talk about what NOT to do. As a parent of a KP kid, what should you AVOID?

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Hopefully, you’ve found a cleansing and moisturizing method, or a great product that works (like our favorite household staple for KP skin, Aquaphor Baby Gentle Wash & Shampoo). If not, keep trying.

Every child’s skin can be so different.

Browsing our list of the top KP skin products purchased by parents in 2017 might be helpful too.

See what we’re using in our home to treat our family’s keratosis pilaris here: Keratosis Pilaris Products in Our Home.

And don’t forget to grab your free KP Tip Sheet with 10 Things You can do Today to Improve Your Child’s KP.

(We’re talking about keratosis pilaris tips, products and advice daily in our free Facebook group, KP Collective!)

5 Things NOT to do for Keratosis Pilaris in Babies, Toddlers, and Children

1. Do NOT scratch or pick at their skin, especially when the skin is dry.

Every day, every hour, your child’s skin loses moisture. It dries out. Dry skin becomes itchy and tight, which will exacerbate any skin conditions, like keratosis pilaris, eczema or sensitive skin.

Avoid scratching or picking at any affected areas (and remind your child not to scratch as well), or scrubbing your child’s KP skin excessively while bathing, to prevent even more moisture loss, scarring or inflammation.  It’s a self-perpetuating cycle that is hard to break, but establishing a good habit of no scratching is extremely helpful. However, less skin damage is done if the scratching is done through clothing rather than to bare skin.

Some of our KP friends swear by the Konjac Sponges for Babies for very light itches and bathing. Let us know what you think in the comments below or in the KP Collective group.

 

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2. Do NOT skip bathing.

Many parents think that fewer baths means less moisture lost in their child’s sensitive skin, when in fact, moisture care starts with bathing.

While some experts may disagree on the ideal frequency of bathing a child with sensitive or KP skin, most will agree that baths and showers should be short in duration and a bit cooler in temperature.

 

RELATED: Keratosis Pilaris Products in Our Home

 

Tell those teenagers to make it quick, because prolonged showers can actually deplete their skin of that much-needed natural skin oil. Cleansing and scrubbing should be extremely gentle and cleansers should be as mild as possible (which is why we recommend so many organic and baby keratosis pilaris products).

When bathing a toddler or baby, keep the same thing in mind. Don’t skip baths, keep the water cooler, and don’t spend too much time in the water to avoid drying out natural moisture. When caring for baby keratosis pilaris, getting in the habit of a great bathing routine is essential.

By far, our most popular product we suggest is Aquaphor Baby Gentle Wash & Shampoo. Other awesome favorites we love are Cetaphil Baby Ultra Moisturizing Wash and California Baby Super Sensitive Shampoo & Body Wash (my kids really LOVE all the California Baby products).

 

RELATED: How a Humidifier can Help your Child’s Dry Skin

 

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3. Do NOT forget to apply a moisturizer or emollient.

Moisture is key. Let me say it again, moisture is key.

When it comes to keratosis pilaris moisturizer is a must. Apply it every day, after every bath, and especially before bedtime (when it has plenty of time and warmth to soak in). The thicker the formulation of any moisturizer, or emollient, the better it will add moisture back into your child’s skin. If your child is scratching, it’s time to reapply.

Get into a moisturizing routine with your child. Diagnosing keratosis pilaris in toddlers and babies is common, so starting this routine early will help it become a normal part of their life later on.

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And my best advice is to find the BEST available product to get the most out of your time and effort, which usually means ointments (like Aquaphor) work better than creams, creams (like Eucerin) work better than lotions. The thicker, the better, is a good rule to remember for KP skin and keep fragrances to a minimum.

For teens who don’t want to use baby keratosis pilaris products, we suggest Amlactin Hydrating Body Cream or Dermadoctor KP Duty.  And I keep these little guys tucked everywhere. Tell us what’s working best for your family in the KP Collective group.

 

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4. Do NOT forget to use sunscreen.

I repeat… do NOT forget sunscreen. Sun exposure can be HARD on the healthiest of skin. Be sure that your child’s sensitive skin is protected with sunscreen for kids and apply it often. You don’t necessarily need a specific keratosis pilaris sunscreen as long as you’re protecting your child’s skin from those harmful rays.

Regardless of the season, the sun’s rays can cause excessive dry skin and sunburn. This is really important when trying to treat keratosis pilaris on face, arms, and legs. Read ingredients and choose a gentle sunscreen for face and a great sunscreen for body that will moisturize and protect their skin (like Alba Botanica.)

 

RELATED: The Top Keratosis Pilaris Products Purchased by Parents in 2017

 

Carefully apply and reapply sunscreen to concentrated areas of keratosis pilaris in toddlers and babies during extended time in the sun. Use hats and rash guards for extra protection.

Remind teenagers to reapply sunscreen often, because many teens love to sunbathe and build their tan. Sunscreen is a great skin protectant and moisturizer, so remind them to use it daily. Because what does red, sunburned skin make them want to do? Scratch! And that’s no good (see tip #1).

For babies and young children, we suggest Thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen 50+ and Alba Botanica Very Emollient Kids Sunscreen (it’s rich!).

 

RELATED: Recommended Products for Teens with Keratosis Pilaris

 

 

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5. Do NOT be embarrassed to speak with your child’s pediatrician or dermatologist.

If your child has irritated KP skin patches or areas of concern, do NOT be embarrassed to ask your doctor what they recommend. Keratosis pilaris in babies, toddlers, and children is more common than you think. Doctors will be able to help point you in the right direction.

Most often, extra moisturization is step one, then possible medicated creams as step two.

Depending on your child’s age, scrubs or oral medications may be recommended if their case is severe. Your child’s pediatrician may refer you to a pediatric dermatologist for a consultation or a more in-depth treatment plan.

Most importantly, don’t be afraid to ASK QUESTIONS about how long a treatment should be used to see results. The more you know, the better you can help your child maintain healthy skin. Then come share what you’ve learned with other parents in our private Facebook group, KP Collective.

 

WHAT WE USE: Keratosis Pilaris Products in Our Home

 

 

For more tips on the best keratosis pilaris treatment for your child, follow us on Pinterest.

Tell us what you try NOT to do with your kid’s KP skin below in the comments.  We always love to hear from you!

 

RELATED:  What Your Answers to our Skin Care Questionnaire have Taught Us

 

 

Click below to get your FREE KP Tip Sheet with 10 Ways to Improve Your Kid’s Keratosis Pilaris today.

 

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Treating Keratosis Pilaris in Babies:  0 – 24 months

Treating Keratosis Pilaris in Babies: 0 – 24 months

Our babies have our hearts and we certainly don’t want to see them uncomfortable from the symptoms of keratosis pilaris. While many children may not show symptoms of keratosis pilaris until 2 years of age, some kids show sign of KP as early as infancy.

Dry or irritated skin can be very uncomfortable for our tiniest family members who can’t yet tell us what may be bothering them. By far, the #1 most talked-about product here at KPKids is Aquaphor Baby Gentle Wash & Tear-Free Shampoo.  It’s a very mild, fragrance-free cleanser ideal for your baby’s skin.

In general, ALL of the Aquaphor Baby products are highly-recommended because they’re mild enough for cleaning your infant’s tender skin and they’re extra moisturizing.

TIP: We keep these little guys stashed everywhere.

 

We’ve tested many products through the years, and have come across our favorites through trial and error.  These are some of our favorite brands with sensitive skin care products ideal for treating keratosis pilaris, eczema and dry skin in babies and infants…

Aquaphor Baby

Aveeno Baby

Burt’s Bees Baby

California Baby

Canus Lil’ Goat’s Milk

Crabtree & Evelyn

DERMAdoctor

Dr. Bronner’s Baby

Eucerin Plus

Glytone

Jason Natural Cosmetics Baby

L’Occitane

Mustela

Nature’s Gate

Original Little Sprout

philosophy

Seventh Generation

Skinceuticals

Weleda Baby

 

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Keeping your baby’s skin hydrated at bath time

Keeping your baby’s skin hydrated at bath time

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Bathing your baby is an essential (likely daily) task, and can often lead to dry skin.

Dry, irritated skin lead can potentially lead to a variety of other issues, including KP flare-ups, scaly skin and even baby pimples.

Try washing your child’s skin with a gentler, more hydrating body wash at bath time to ensure their skin stays well-moisturized and healthy.

One of our all-time favorites is Aquaphor Baby Gentle Wash & Tear-Free Shampoo.

 

 

RELATED: How this $10 Lotion has Improved my Kids’ Keratosis Pilaris

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Can Keratosis Pilaris be completely cured?

Can Keratosis Pilaris be completely cured?

As anyone with Keratosis Pilaris knows, the search for a treatment and cure can be exhausting. But what many don’t understand is that Keratosis Pilaris is an inherited skin condition.

The recommended treatments for KP are only for the *temporary* relief of symptoms and must be used continuously to see improvement.

Can Keratosis Pilaris be Completely Cured? | KPKids.net

The treatment plan recommended by your child’s doctor or dermatologist should be maintained on a regular basis to ensure the best results in lessening the visibility and texture of the bumps on their face, arms and legs.

Unfortunately, there is no known cure for Keratosis Pilaris.

 

RELATED: What Your Answers to our Skin Care Questionnaire Have Taught Us about Keratosis Pilaris

 

Although the condition may remain for years, symptoms usually lessen by age 30. Keratosis pilaris symptoms may go away with age, but there is currently no cure.

Results will vary from case to case.  This simply means that what may work for one child, may not work for another.

Each child’s skin, diet and sun exposure is different. So keep trying different remedies until you find the best product with the best results for your child.

 

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Recommended Products for Toddlers with KP:  2 – 4 years

Recommended Products for Toddlers with KP: 2 – 4 years

Our toddlers become more mobile and independent every year, and managing the health of their skin becomes very important during these busy years.

But how do you care for their still tender skin at this age?

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Toddlers with Keratosis Pilaris | www.kpkids.netStart a daily routine.

The better they know what to expect in bathing and moisturizing their skin, the more independent (and less bothered!) they feel about your frequent attention to their skin. Establishing a consistent routine will help your child know what to expect and will help you remember to apply moisturizers or limit bath time.

Simple things like daily routine boards and reward charts are a great way of encouraging your child to establish good habits.

The more consistent you can be with your skin care and bathing routine, the more relaxed your toddler will be with your continued attention to their skin.

 

Keep their skin moisturized.

Apply a moisturizing lotion or cream often during the day. Keep your favorite lotion or cream near your diaper-changing area to remind you to reapply a light layer of lotion after each diaper change.

I always loved having a diaper caddy (or diaper-changing basket) nearby stocked with all the diapers, lotions or creams I would need. It was easy to move from room to room, and held enough supplies to last about a week. As your toddler transitions into potty-training, these baskets/caddies are great for holding extra flushable wipes and extra pairs of toddler underwear.

Keep trying until you find something that works.

We’ve tested many products in our home through the years, and have come across our favorites through trial and error.  These are some of our top mom-tested products (and brands) for treating keratosis pilaris, eczema and sensitive dry skin in children…

 

 

Grab your FREE KP Tip Sheet with 10 Ways to Improve your child’s Keratosis Pilaris!

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