Daily Bulletin: Winter Skin Woes

Melissa Kossler Dutton

With winter in full swing, it’s likely that the cooler temperatures and dry air are causing some discomfort in your house. Children and adults can experience dry skin and nosebleeds during winter.

The experts at Nationwide Children’s Hospital have some tips designed to help relieve the symptoms. To avoid dry skin, Dr. Irene Mikhail recommends patting children dry after a bath and applying moisturizer while skin is still damp. Mikhail, a member of the hospital’s Section of Allergy and Immunology, also suggests wearing protective clothing outdoors. For more advice, check out 700childrens.nationwidechildrens.org/treating-childs-dry-skin-winter.

If your child experiences a nosebleed caused by dry air, don’t panic, advises Dr. Jonathan M. Grischkan, a member of the Department of Otolaryngology. Instead, pinch his or her nostrils shut below the bony part of the nose and apply steady pressure for at least five minutes. Placing a cool cloth on the child’s face also can help, Grischkan writes in this blog: 700childrens.nationwidechildrens.org/nosebleed.