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Most young children are far more active than adults, and are constantly involved in activities that expose them to minor injuries including cuts, scrapes, burns, and other sources of skin irritation. Read this guide to help you identify and handle some common skin problems in children.

Hand Washing:

Teach your children to wash their hands correctly. Proper hand washing can greatly reduce the chance of bacterial and viral infections from occurring. Wash hands using warm water for at least 15 seconds. Use soap and scrub vigorously, paying attention to the areas between your fingers, and dry using a clean towel. When using a pubic washroom consider the faucets to be unclean, and use towels to turn the taps on and off, and to open the door.

Sun Protection:

Keep your children safe from the sun. Studies have shown that up to 80% of a person’s lifetime sun exposure occurs before 18. The later development of skin aging, and skin cancers like melanoma, are often influenced by sun exposure during childhood.


Educate your children about the harmful effects of the sun. Advocate the use of sunscreens, hats, and protective clothing to prevent sun related skin damage, and skin cancer later in life.

Protecting Babies:

Babies have especially sensitive skin. Use products that are formulated for babies and their sensitive skin. Bumps and other minor irritations are common for babies, but if they don’t disappear over time, visit your paediatrician.

Minor Cuts:

Minor injuries are very common in children as they are often involved in physical activities. Most of these should heal quickly with proper care. If the wounds contain other debris, or if the cuts continue to bleed, it may be best to seek medical advice.


Bruising occurs when blood vessels under the skin break. Applying ice quickly after the injury can help reduce bleeding and swelling.


Leave burns uncovered and exposed to the air. It allows the wound to heal faster. Resist the temptation to apply lotions or other ointments, as it will likely increase the risk of infection.


Surround the blister with moleskin. This can protect the blister from further injury and infection while the skin heals.


Ringworms are fungal infections that cause red scaly ring shaped patches of dried skin on the hands, feet, or upper body. It is contagious and relatively common condition for children who are involved in contact sports. For those with a suppressed immune system, there is a higher risk of getting a fungal infection. For more information, visit


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