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Rash Attack A parent’s guide to common skin rashes and sensitivities

Skin irritations are common in kids, but many can be treated naturally at home. Check out this guide to some common skin sensitivities and how to soothe them quickly and naturally.

Sweet September. Kids are back to school and the long, lazy days of summer make way for the cooling temperatures of autumn. However, a new school year brings worries as kids are exposed to new environments and potential allergens.

As a mom of two, I know the struggle with skin irritations is real. But stay calm, friends—help has arrived. This guide explains some common skin sensitivities and how to soothe them quickly and naturally.

What is this and how did it happen!?

Why so sensitive? Skin irritations are common in kids, but many can be treated naturally at home, unless the reaction is serious and requires a professional. If it’s a milder irritation, according to registered holistic nutritionist Paula Blanchet of Interplay Nutrition, it’s important to scrutinize your environment for causes. Often the culprit is nearby and can easily be eliminated. Following are some common offenders.

Eczema and psoriasis

Although often confused, they are different. Eczema is a chronic condition resulting in patches of red, extremely itchy skin, often in the crooks of knees and elbows. Psoriasis presents as well-defined, thick, scaly red patches that often appear on the face, buttocks, and scalp, but are less itchy than eczema. Both are caused by overreactive immune systems and are thought to have a genetic component.

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