So I recently visited the doctors for a minor injury and they looked at my son and said "oh he has keratosis pilaris." Thrown off of the fact that I came in for my own health diagnosis I responded with a bewildered "eh?! What's that?" The doctor responded "it's a flair up in the form of a rash." By this time I'm freaking out "is it going to hurt him? Will he be ok? Is it curable?" She interrupts with "he'll be fine, my daughter has it too."
Needless to say that I left that office on a high (not a good one at that). I did some research of my own and have discovered ways to improve his skin condition. The first thing I found out was that 1 in 3 people have it! That's a lot of people and maybe some don't even know that they have it.
How to know if you have keratosis pilaris
At its worst keratosis pilaris looks like severe rashes and sometimes can have red patches in the areas that are most affected. The trigger for keratosis pilaris is definitely heavy sweating.
How to improve or cure Keratosis Pilaris
Apparently, not everyone can be cured and not everyone (that has keratosis pilaris) will have it for the rest of their lives. I have noticed that there are things that can be done to improve (and even cure) the condition.
- Keep them cool. The hotter it gets the more flair ups are likely, so don't be afraid to let your toddler's skin breathe. If the heat is overwhelming try letting your little one sleep with a light blanket (or none if they can manage without it).
- Cut their nails. Keratosis pilaris can be itchy business so cutting toddlers nails may be the best way to avoid scarring.
- Start on the inside. Changing toddlers food was the first step that I took to improve my sons skin. So I have made smoothies that will have natural ingredients that promote healthy skin. Using vegetables like spinach, aloe vera, avocados and beetroot have amazing healing properties for the skin. Also, increasing your toddler's water intake can have a massive impact on your toddler's skin.
- Use the right products. Ezra's flair ups have meant that I have had to do a product overhaul. Aveeno baby was the first product that I purchased. I found that Ez's skin was a lot smoother as a result. I also purchased E45 anti itch cream to ensure that he wasn't being tormented by the urge to itch. Here are links to the products that I use on my son.
- Exfoliate dead skin cells. I use an exfoliating glove once to twice a month to get rid of dead skin cells and to stimulate his skin.
- See a doctor if flair ups persist. Don't be afraid to harass the doc if symptoms persist.
Ultimately it does take a lot of patience to see improvement so do have patience. It can be stressful dealing with any ailments in children (as a parent) so try not to get overwhelmed by it all. If it really is too much take a break or ask for help.