Pruritis – also known as itchy skin – is an irritating condition that makes a child want to scratch their skin.
Pruritis is a nagging, uncomfortable feeling that makes a child want to scratch their skin. Depending on the cause of the itchiness, the skin may appear normal – or it may be red, rough or have bumps. When a child repeatedly scratches their itchy skin, the skin may become thickened, raised or infected, or bleed.
Oftentimes, the more itchy the skin is, the more a child scratches it. And the more irritated skin is scratched, the itchier it continues to get. Therefore, the itch-scratch cycle can be difficult to break – especially in young children who don’t understand or can’t control their scratching.
The causes of pruritis are varied, and can include:
Allergic reactions to a range of substances, including wool, soaps, poison ivy, cosmetics or certain foods