Keratosis is a skin disorder that is caused by over production of keratin in the skin. This then causes hard and rough lesions to form at the hair follicles. This skin disorder is caused by many things mainly genes. It is a genetic skin problem but also you are at risk if you get over exposed to the sun.
There are many reasons why your child can get keratosis. This skin disorder is hereditary meaning that it is passed from one generation to the rest. Your child is at risk of having keratosis if you the parent has it or other people in the family lineage have had it.
Keratosis is also caused by over exposure to the sun’s harmful UV light. The UV light is known to cause an imbalance in the skin and when the skin is over exposed to it, it could result to keratosis. Have you ever been out in the sun without sunscreen for a long time especially between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm and see how your skin looks like at the end of the day? The skin normally looks pale and dry and after sometimes it gets chapped. Now imagine that kind of exposure for a month or so. If your child experiences this, then he or she is very much likely to have keratosis. Always ensure that your child has minimal or no exposure to the sun and if any exposure takes place, make sure that sunscreen with a broad spectrum is used especially of at least factor 15.
Keratosis has been linked to deficiency in vitamin A. Though some studies have shown that this is not exactly the case, you shouldn’t take chances. Feed your children with foods rich in vitamin A and all other necessary vitamins.
As you have seen, it is possible for your children to have keratosis. This skin disorder affects people of all ages too. If you have a family history of keratosis, then your child is twice as likely to contact it as compared to a child who has been over exposed to the sun. Do not be in fear as the bumps are benign, not severe and above all, they are not contagious.