Mods: I posted this in health and healing and got no replies. I'm hoping someone here may be able to help out!
My DD, 4, has pretty dry skin all over her body, especially in winter time, though even in the summer she does have pretty rough hands, elbows and knees. As winter has set in this year, it seems worse. Her skin seemed to get extremely dry and flakey on her back, bum, arms and legs. Its not patches, its her whole back, up and down her legs, etc. She complains about it being itchy. It turned red, slightly raised, flakey and painful in a few areas (cheeks and hands, mostly, but elbows and knees a bit, too). I did notice some dandruff in her hair, too.
I have to lotion her down pretty much daily. If I skip a day, her skin looks like I never even lotioned it. I did use petroleum jelly on her cheeks and hands last night because they seemed so red and she had been complaining the the regular lotion was burning her--even my oil/fragrence free face moisturizer.
She only gets a bath two or three times a week.
I do have a family history of psoriasis and have displayed a few symptoms of it myself over the past several years. My mother had severe psoraisis as a child (though she's not had breakout in many years now) and can remember her dad and uncles having breakouts over their entire body.
I'm hesitant to take her in to see a dr because I don't want her to go through a lot of unnecessary poking and proding just to be told what I already know-she has dry skin, use lotion, minimal bathing, petroleum jelly if it gets too bad. I'm also afraid I'm jumping to conclusions. My mother was all over it last night saying she's sure DD has eczema and she is very quick to jump to a conclusion and be melodramatic.
Thanks for reading through my skin novel! Do any of you have any expirence in this? Does it sound like we've got more than dry skin on our hands?