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Psoriasis, eczema for children: moisturising rules

Eczema and psoriasis: how to moisturise your child's skin If your child has eczema or psoriasis, moisturising their skin requires your attention every day. With patience (and a few tips), you can help your child to use the treatment every day in complete peace of mind.

Tips for soothing your  child !

Eczema and psoriasis have an impact on your little one's quality of life. When the skin is dried out, it causes tightness and itching. This is particularly true for atopic eczema. The result is insomnia and stress for your child... But also for you. By mastering the techniques for moisturising your child's skin, you’ll have everything on your side to soothe and support your child. Skin that's well-moisturised protects against the onset of flare-ups and sometimes unbearable itching. This reduces the risk of secondary infection. The inflammation subsides and the urge to scratch fades.  


Emollient balms should be used, especially if they contain an anti-itching ingredient that will calm the skin

Joëlle NonniHead of Skin Health Education Workshops - The Avène Centre

Suggestions to protect skin hydration

To soothe your little one's skin, there are plenty of gentle hygiene products and emollient care products available. 

  • To combat skin that’s dried out, emollients moisturise your child's skin . As well as soothing, emollients greatly reduce the risk of infection and secondary infection. 
  • A moment of softness for your little one. When the emollient is applied, the massage relaxes your child, giving them a sense of calm and serenity.

Eczema and psoriasis: calm, continuous hydration

Your child's eczema and psoriasis can be alleviated by daily moisturising


When it comes to tackling eczema and psoriasis , nothing beats prevention.

Between outbreaks, keep applying the emollient. Even if your child's skin seems less dry, don’t stop moisturising to space out inflammatory flare-ups.

To combine hydration with peace of mind,

it can be better to say "Come on, I'll give you a massage", rather than "Come and put on your cream". Turn the moment of applying the emollient into a game or a moment of softness: a good little trick to engage your child.


Does your child not like putting on their cream? How can you get your child to accept using emollient? 

From the constraint of applying the cream...

  • To a moment of pleasure, by applying the emollient with a massage. This becomes a precious moment of sharing between parent and child, allowing for a relaxing, calm moment. 
  • To a playful game, having fun with Coco and Léo. Your child applies the emollient by making white dots on the face and body to dress up as a ladybird or leopard. Then they can spread the emollient gently on the Coco the Ladybird’s delicate wings or Leo the Leopard’s soft coat. For even more fun, why not suggest they apply their emollient while listening to our Coco and Leo nursery rhyme.

The right way to moisturise your child gently

Applying emollients is easier after washing:

  • Avoid rubbing the skin so as not to irritate it.
  • On the face, apply the emollient gently with the fingertips. 
  • On the body, spread the product in the hands before applying it with large circular movements with the entire surface of the hand
  • After applying, the skin should feel soft and silky, not greasy or sticky
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