Caring for Your Baby’s Skin in Winter

Simple changes to how you care for your baby can help to keep their body moisturized for a lot longer. In infants, skin growth is significantly higher than in adults and is distinguished by a greater potential to restore itself as an obstacle.

Let’s take a look at some easy self-care tips that can provide extra care and essential nutrients for your baby’s skin.

1. Keep the skin moisturized

Cold air, windy weather and the use of heaters work against the natural moisture of the skin. Winter calls for extra hydration and needs moisturizing.

Natural and pure alternatives include baby oil or coconut oil. To help keep dry skin at bay, they can be massaged into your baby’s skin. Massages also help babies go to sleep and reinforce parent-child ties.

2. Protect their lips

Dry lips, especially if they drool a lot, are a common issue for babies. The top skin layer will begin to become irritated when their lips and the skin around their lips are continuously wet from drooling.

Use a soft lip balm made for your baby with natural ingredients.  You may add some breast milk if you’re breastfeeding a baby.

3. Avoid overbathing

The skin of babies is susceptible to drying out, and dryness can be worsened by regular bathing. Bathing your baby once a day is acceptable but make sure the water is only warm, not too hot. Extended exposure to hot water will remove moisture from your baby’s skin.

Gentle sponge baths and wiping down with damp washcloths is the safest way to baby skincare in winter. After bathing, gently pat a smooth towel and avoid rubbing. Stop any perfume ingredients or other chemicals.

4. Wrap with warm clothes

Babies have not yet learned to control their body temperatures properly, so it is necessary to ensure that they do not get too hot or too cold. Heat rash results in discomfort of your child’s skin around the folds, and that causes sleepless nights and crankiness.

Babies can still get heat rash even in colder climates if they are too tightly swaddled. Dressing a child in layers will allow you, if necessary, to add or remove clothing.

5. Guard against diaper rash

Diaper rash and other skin conditions can arise from the damp nappy of the infant. Winter is particularly troublesome since the infant is usually draped in more blankets.

If your baby develops a diaper rash, do not use talcum powder, as it can dry out the skin even more. To create a layer between the skin and the moisture that worsens the rash, use diaper cream with zinc or petroleum in it.

These tips will keep your little one’s delicate skin healthy, soft and hydrated all winter long. In addition to the right skincare, their body requires hydration from the inside. If your child is vulnerable to dry skin and eczema, breastfeed your baby more than usual. When in doubt, contact your physician if skin rashes persist as it may signify a more severe condition. 

We understand it may seem challenging to dedicate more time to your baby’s skin, but it is fairly easy once you establish a routine and know what to look for. In a flash, you see how their skin transforms.

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