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Tips to Help Reduce Child Skin Irritation in High-Risk Children

Tips to Help Reduce Child Skin Irritation in High-Risk Children

High-risk children are children whose mother, father or older siblings have been diagnosed with an allergic reaction and therefore more at risk of child skin irritation.

In this context, allergic reaction refers to asthma, hay fever, atopic dermatitis (infantile eczema) and food allergies which can cause a high-risk for child skin irritation.

If you have a high-risk child, follow our tips below to help to reduce the risk of child skin irritation. You can start to help prevent allergic reactions by establishing a healthy indoor environment without smoke, moisture and dust.

healthy environment to prevent child skin irritation

Breastfeeding and food

In the UK, the NHS recommends that infants are breastfed for about the first 6 months of your baby’s life. After that, giving your baby breast milk alongside solid food for the first two years, or for as long as you and your baby want, will help them grow and develop healthily.

Cleaning your home

  • Carefully clean your home at least once a week with unperfumed cleaning products
  • Clean your home thoroughly at least once a year. This reduces the amount of dust in your home
  • Wash new clothes before use. New garments may contain chemical residues which may cause allergic reactions, rashes or skin irritation
  • Wash your child’s soft toys regularly at 60 degrees to reduce the amount of house dust mites. When you buy cuddly toys, ensure that they are washable at 60 degrees
  • Do not dry your clothes indoors. It may increase the humidity and thereby the presence of dust mites. If you use a tumble drier, be sure to leave the vent pipe outdoors
  • Air all rooms three times a day for 5-10 minutes by opening the windows. Also, air your home after showers, cooking and cleaning to reduce moisture levels
  • Keep an indoor temperature of around 20 degrees during winter. This helps to reduce the humidity and can prevent mould and dust mites from thriving
  • Do not expose your child to tobacco smoke. Smoke aggravates the symptoms of asthma and increases the risk of asthmatic bronchitis which could then develop into asthma

Taking Care of Child Skin Irritation


Neutral Team

Neutral Team

Writer and expert

We are a team of writers who believe in products that don’t contain unnecessary chemicals like perfumes and colourants to help people with sensitive skin. For more than 25 years, Neutral 0% has been helping to take care of sensitive skin and reducing the risk of skin allergic reactions. Along with this purpose, we aim at providing useful tips and tricks on how to say no to skin allergies in your daily life – for you and your families skin.