We may think that babies and toddlers always have the most perfect skin, but this may not always be the case.
Atopic Dermatitis (AD) is a disorder of the immune system of the skin and is most often felt during infancy. Dry and sensitive skin can affect adults as well. However, approximately 3% of infants show evidence of Atopic Dermatitis during their first few months, while there are about 15-20% reported cases among school children. Among the trigger factors of this condition are extreme heat or cold, rapid changes in temperature, sweating, irritating medications, contact with synthetic fibers and wool, fragrances, soaps, oils, and detergents, and environmental factors such as dust or pollen.
In a tropical country like ours, children are exposed to temperature changes almost on a daily basis. For sufferers of dry skin, the toughest thing to do is actually not to restore water in the skin, but to protect and guard the water.
One way to manage and ease your child’s Atopic Dermatitis is to choose dermatologist-tested and trusted skin care products for optimal relief of dry, itchy skin. Avoid using soaps as much as possible, as they wash away natural oils and cause damage to the skin barrier lipids. Without water, the skin becomes dry, scaly, itchy, inflamed, and infected. It is also advisable to seek the help of pediatricians and dermatologists.
Knowing what factors affect a young child’s skin is vital in protecting and preventing various skin problems and diseases. As such, the Philippine Dermatological Society in cooperation with Galderma Philippines Inc.—the makers of dermatologist- and paediatrician-recommended brand of cleansers and moisturizers, is presenting a free seminar called “Kutis ng Bata, Alagang Derma: Hika ng Balat? Ano ba ang tama?”
Presented by the Pediatric Dermatology Philippines, a sub-specialty of the Philippine Dermatological Society, the seminar will be held on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at the Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall. It is open to the public, and welcomes moms and moms-to-be to join and learn more about skin allergies and skin care through innovative and engaging forums with topics such as tips for skin care for babies, sun protection, skin irritants, allergies, and Atopic Dermatitis from the country’s leading pedia-derm doctors. Free consultations, interactive games, and other surprises also await the participants. For more information visit Cetaphil's Facebook page.