New skin concerns

by Jen Lee Reeves on December 9, 2010 · 14 comments

in 2010, Owie

Jordan is struggling with skin issues on her little arm again… This time it’s because she’s really focused on washing her hand and arm. Apparently they had a talk at school about how washing you hands will help keep germs away. So now Jordan is thoroughly washing her hand and arm each and every time she is in the bathroom. Her school’s soap and water are kind of harsh and now her little arm and even a small portion of her hand are super chapped.

I tried to help her with lotion last night and it hurt so much it took her ten minutes to calm down. This isn’t a rash like this fall, this is exactly what you might find on your lips or cheeks during cold, dry weather. I feel terrible for her because I’ve never seen her in so much pain over her arm before. She couldn’t even rest her arm on her side, she didn’t want anything touching it. It was tough to watch. Even mommy cuddles could help.

I put a note in with her doctor and I hope she might have a few ideas. In the meantime, I’m thinking about buying softer soap and getting Jordan into the habit of using lotion after she washes up.

Poor kid.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

KelliAnn Mead December 9, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Hello ….Im sorry to hear Jordan is having skin issues again. Hopefully her doctor will have some suggestions for you. I might suggest that you ask the doctor about a perscription compound lotion that has a steroid in it. This worked very well for Carter for chapped skin. Also I might add that when you apply any type of lotion the less rubbing you do the better. I typically put a thick layer on because the more I rub the worse it hurts. I sure hope this resolves for you soon. 🙂

Tricia December 9, 2010 at 1:09 pm

We get this too on her little hand. We put either some bag balm on it or we put some Watkins Petro Carbo first aid salve on it. I sell that if you want to try let me know and I will send you a trial sample.

We also got some really great lotion from Shriners that turns into a powder when it dries. But I really think one of those two salves would work…

MaryAnn December 9, 2010 at 1:11 pm

May I suggest Vaseline. The plain stuff, not the baby scented kind, which can make it worse. I used it for chapped cheeks on my kids after several visits to a pedi derma for my middle child’s hemangioma. While not the same thing, I learned a lot from her in regards to skin care.

The chapping hurts because healing skin needs moisture to heal properly. The soap dries out the skin of it’s natural oils and Vaseline works as a barrier to allow the natural oils to replenish themselves. Lotions with scents can hurt healing skin more.

I wish you luck. I have severely dry hands in the winter, because I don’t like the feel of lotion. To combat it, I put Vaseline on my hands before bed and then put gloves on. I have also used socks to cover before, if I can’t find my spa gloves.

Sheri Q December 9, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Our LittleMister’s Dr. prescribed Triamcinolone Cream 80gm 0.1%. It’s a topical steroid cream.

Wintertime is bad for him…poor guy. We use the cream daily with a thick layer on at night & sometimes a sock over his little arm. We also make sure we have a humidifier running during these dry, winter days.

Hugs to you & Jordan!!

Jen Lee Reeves December 9, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Thanks everyone. @Tricia – I’d never heard of those salves. I’ll check around town to see if I can find it before I talk you into a sample!

@MaryAnn – We’ve tried Vasoline and it hasn’t done the job. I guess that shows you how chapped she is. Maybe I’ll try to be more proactive and use it next time the air gets cold.

@Sheri and KelliAnn – Thanks for the idea. I’ll see if our doctor can give us a prescription for a steroid cream. I have an email in with her (I’ve found it’s the best way to stay in touch with her.)

Elle December 9, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Not quite the same, but I’ve had trouble with my knuckles cracking and bleeding in the winter since I was probably Jordan’s age… A couple of years ago I started using Eucerin Dry Skin Therapy plus intensive repair. It’s pricey but REALLY seems to help.

Jen Lee Reeves December 9, 2010 at 1:57 pm

It’s actually the Eucerin Dry Skin Therapy that made her cry last night!! It was so sad!

Amy Childs December 9, 2010 at 2:13 pm


KelliAnn Mead December 9, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Wow what a bunch of great ideas! Guess multiple heads are better than one! LOL!

vicki December 9, 2010 at 6:15 pm

I’m an Esthetician in the skin care field and see lots of dry skin in the winter time. The trick is to prevent it by always moisturizing, at least 2 times a day and always after washing or bathing. Keep air moist, avoid having the heater on all the time.
For school use, I would buy her some wipes to use instead of using soap and water too much. Less water is best. To stay moist try using a jojoba oil on skin, its better than lotion and doesn’t hurt.
For now, if its ready bad, your dr might give you a steroid cream but that shouldn’t be over used, just until healed, long term use can thin out the skin. I would also cover her lil arm after using an oil or auqaphor at nite. Even olive oil is better than lotion and lasts longer at nite. Hope she heals fast

Jen Lee Reeves December 9, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Thanks for your ideas!

Crista Briggs December 9, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Keenan cried last night too because his arm was chapped and what I used hurt him. So, I remembered what we used in the years past that helped so much. It is Lanolin cream for breastfeeding mothers. Seems what helps sore/cracked nipples also helps little chapped arms! It is made by a company called, “LANSINOH.” You can find it in a purple tube at Target. I put it on before bed and lay his arm on a little hand towel.

Trisha W December 13, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Well, I might as well throw my 2 cents in. You might also try Heeltastic. It’s made for dry, cracked, chapped feet, but I’ve decided it’s pretty much like chapstick for your feet. It doesn’t have any harsh chemicals in it, it smells pretty good and really works well. You can now find it at Walgreen’s (and possibly CVS). 🙂 Lots of great ideas here!

Trisha W December 13, 2010 at 3:03 pm

P.S. They make those “moisturizing” socks. Maybe applying one of the helpful creams above and then putting one of these ultra soft moisturizing socks on at night would a.) keep her arm warm and b.) help in healing the chapped skin. Again, just another thought. 🙂

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