The British Skin Foundation also reports that eczema rates have risen since the start of the coronavirus pandemic
While frequent hand washing is recommended by health officials globally as a means of reducing the transmission of Covid-19, instances of skin problems in children are climbing as a result of our more rigorous hygiene routines.
A survey of 250 parents of young children by the British Skin Foundation charity revealed that 56% of children are experiencing some type of skin problem associated with their hands.
Moreover, one in four children (24%) are now suffering from hand eczema due to increased handwashing. This is a significant rise on pre-pandemic figures, which estimated that one in five children experienced eczema at some stage in their childhood.
A total of 38% or respondents reported their children had dry skin, while 17% of children were said to suffer with cracked skin.
Somewhat alarmingly, 6% have experienced bleeding hands.
In response, the British Skin Foundation is encouraging parents to incorporate suitable natural soaps and moisturising products into their children’s handwashing routine.
Although it’s concerning to hear of children suffering from skin problems due to frequent handwashing, this can be alleviated with the regular use of organic soaps and natural moisturiser for sensitive skin,” says Dr Pamela Beattie, British Skin Foundation spokesperson and Dermatologist at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow.
She recommended that parents get their child into the habit of using natural soaps and moisturising their hands after every wash.