Babies’ skin is the epitome of softness. But because babies are so delicate, their skin requires special care. Exposure to chemicals, unnatural fibers or the weather’s elements can make your child’s skin rough, red or chapped. Health experts suggest that the cold season calls for extra nourishment because cold air does not carry as much moisture as warm air. It’s important to avoid certain conditions and products which might irritate your little one.
Though this season can be quite rough on babies, you can prevent your little one’s skin from drying out with just a few simple tips. Read on to know how you can keep your baby’s skin moisturized, and plump this cold season.
Here are some tips which can guide you through the right way to protect your baby’s skin from any kind of skin problem.
1. Use Products Made Specifically for Babies
Baby skin care during the cold season, or any time of year, means using the purest, most natural products available. Unfortunately, many products made for adults contain lots of unnatural ingredients which can irritate your baby’s gentle epidermis.
It’s too early to know if your baby has allergies, or if he or she will react to something in your shampoo or bubble bath. Even bath products made for older children may not be right for infants. Err on the side of caution with baby shampoo, oil and liquid soap.
2. Use the Right Creams and Moisturizer
Most moisturizers available in the market are laden with chemicals that can be harsh on a baby’s delicate skin and cause irritation. Instead, products that are made with natural ingredients like calendula oil and aloevera not only moisturize the skin but also have anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that heal the skin. Moisturizers made with natural ingredients provide intense hydration and soothes inflammation, itching, and redness to keep your baby’s skin soft, plump, and healthy.
Tip: For best results, apply moisturizer right after the baby’s bath, as his or her skin will be damp and will lock in the moisture. In case of very dry or eczema-prone skin, apply a thin layer of moisturizer before bed as well, so the baby’s skin doesn’t lose moisture while he sleeps.
3. Don’t Skip Daily Massages
A massage promotes blood circulation and keeps the skin soft and bouncy. Take out 10 minutes of your day to massage your baby, and it will soon become the favourite time of your day, as it gives you the opportunity to bond with your munchkin and talk to him while nourishing his skin.
Tip: Follow up the massage with a bath, as oil can cause greasiness and attract dirt and dust to the skin if left on for too long. Don’t forget to moisturize your baby’s skin with a hydrating lotion after a bath to lock-in moisture and keep the skin soft and supple.
4. Know Your Soap
Be aware of what goes into the soap you use for your little one. Fragrances and chemicals tend to dry out and irritate sensitive baby skin, so it is best to stick to natural products.
Tip: Along with using the right product, the precautions you take while bathing your munchkin are just as essential. Stick to short baths of less than five to ten minutes and use lukewarm water, as hot water can strip your baby’s skin of natural oils and cause dryness. Also ensure that you pat dry the baby’s skin, which is less harsh than rubbing.
5. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Of all the moisturizers available in the market, an organic product that provides 24-hour moisturization is sure to be your best bet. A regular lotion may not be able to keep your baby’s skin hydrated during the cold season days for long, requiring a re-application every 3-4 hours.
Post bath, always moisturize your baby’s skin with a gentle baby lotion infused with natural ingredients that helps protect baby’s skin from excessive dryness, leaving it soft and supple all-day long. You can opt for one with olive oil that helps protect skin, and almond oil, which is an excellent skin softener and provides the required nourishment for your baby’s skin.
Tip: Heaters can rob the air of moisture and cold season air can be quite dry and chilly, all of which make your little one’s skin dry. Install a humidifier, which adds moisture to the air throughout the day, and, in turn, the baby’s skin.
6. Protect Their Lips
Babies are always drooling. In the cold weather, this can cause their noses and lips to get chapped and raw. Gently rub some petroleum jelly onto your child’s mouth before taking him out into the cold. This will protect that little mouth from everything except your kisses!
7. Tackle Eczema from Day One
1 in 5 children suffer from eczema, in which the skin becomes dry, inflamed and irritated. Watch out for signs of eczema, such as redness and itchiness along with scaly patches on the skin, as treating it from the get-go will make it easier to manage.
Tip: Apart from the right skincare, treating eczema requires hydration from within. If your baby is prone to dry skin and eczema, breastfeed him more than usual. If he’s started on solid food, you can also include more soups and water in his diet. Do this enough, and you’ll see how his skin transforms in no time!
8. Change Diaper Often
During the cold season, it is important to change your baby’s diaper often and clean the diaper area thoroughly, as wet diapers can lead to infections and rashes. Always use diaper creams/ointments and gentle wipes infused with the goodness of Aloe Vera to gently cleanse and refresh your baby’s delicate skin and help keep it soft and supple.
9. Swaddle with Warm Clothes
Babies have not learned to properly regulate their own body temperatures yet, so it’s important to make sure they get neither too hot not too cold in the cold season. Dressing baby in layers will allow you to add or subtract clothes as necessary. Even in chilly weather, babies can still get heat rash if they are too heavily swaddled. Heat rash leads to diaper rash, and irritation around the folds of your child’s skin. That can lead to crankiness and sleepless nights, which are no fun for anyone.
Tip: Remember to keep your baby comfortable and dress her in breathable layers. Wool may irritate the skin, so it is better to wear cotton rich clothes as the first layer and wear wool only on top of cotton clothes. The blankets used should ideally be cotton blankets. It’s better to avoid fleece as that traps dust and can cause allergic rashes. Dust can increase the risk of developing skin problems.
10. Protect the Scalp
Babies generally face flaky scalp. It can be due to extreme dryness. You can take advice from your doctor to choose the right oil for your baby which you can apply on the scalp. Rubbing oil can help you prevent flaky scalp.
Also, sometimes when you take off your infants’ cap after a nice walk, you may be surprised to see some flakes of skin, like dandruff. Most of the time this is cradle cap, a common baby skin condition. It is caused by the oil glands in the baby’s scalp and it usually goes away within a few months. Rubbing baby oil on your baby’s scalp often helps alleviate this minor skin irritation as well.
11. When in Doubt, See a Doctor
No parent is happy if their child is uncomfortable: dry skin, itchy bottoms and annoying rashes can make everyone in the family uncomfortable. By keeping your baby clean with pure products made especially for infants, you should be able to avoid all of the physical and mental anguish that accompanies annoying skin conditions in young ones.
Skin rashes sometimes indicate a more serious condition. For example, measles may initially present themselves as a skin problem. Hand Mouth and Foot Disease, the frighteningly relatively common viral illness, also present as sores on a baby’s hands, mouth and feet. If you have any doubts about how best to take care of your baby’s skin in during the cold season or generally, contact your doctor right away.
Though it may seem challenging to devote so much time and attention to your baby’s skin, it’s actually quite easy, once you develop a routine and know what to look out for. These tips will keep your little one’s delicate skin healthy, soft, and hydrated all winter long.
Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information.