Winter weather is harsh on skins, especially on sensitive and soft skins on babies. The dry and windy weather can cause red cheeks, windburn, dried-up skin with cuts, frostbites, and rashes.
While some kids are genetically predisposed to dryness, others have much more sensitive and delicate skin, making it the prime target when the weather changes. These winter skin problems can be as common in toddlers and babies as in adults.
Here’s how to protect and care for your little one’s extra sensitive skin:
Avoid products with alcohol or perfume:
When you are looking for moisturizers for your little ones, then avoid products that contain hard ingredients such as alcohol. These ingredients can irritate the baby’s skin and cause rashes, red spots, or even eczema. Thicker lotions such as creams and ointments are best recommended to heal dry skin patches but should only be applied once or twice a day. Mothers are also advised to take a natural route rather than chemical-laden store-bought moisturizers.
Instead, these products contain natural ingredients such as aloe vera, coconut oil, and calendula oil that have antiseptic and antibacterial properties and help heal the skin. It also soothes inflammation, redness, rashes, cuts, chapped skin, and itching. Similarly, use bath products that are fragrance-free and retain the moisture back in your child’s skin.
This tip is focused explicitly on babies and young children. Newborns don’t have to be bathed every day; three times a week is good enough for them. A good fifteen to twenty minutes in lukewarm water can give your baby the warmth he needs and an excellent clean bath cleaning all the sensitive areas, such as the diaper area.
After a good soak, quickly pat dry and immediately moisturize their entire body and cover with as many clothes as possible. It is more effective to cover them up in twice the layers you are wearing.
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The right way to bundle up:
Under bundling can put your baby at the risk of frostbite, while over bundling can cause heat rashes and skin irritation. Some babies sweat too much and don’t require as much layering, so watch yourself as you put on those layers.
Layers should be kept from light to medium so that your baby’s skin can have proper insulation and air between the layers, preventing suffocation and excessive sweating that could cause skin irritation. Keep hands, toes, and face covered adequately with socks, gloves, and scarfs or hats depending on the temperature environment.
A good massage promotes good blood circulation and keeps the skin soft and bouncy on the touch. Babies love massages, and a 10-minute massage will natural essential oil nourishes their body and strengthens their muscles, and allows them to bond with your little one. Don’t forget to moisturize your body with a hydrating lotion to lock in all the moisture and keep the skin supple.