How to Keep Your Baby’s Skin Healthy During the Winter Months

Your baby’s skin is much more delicate than yours, and therefore much more prone to skin irritations that may arise from any of a number of environmental factors – harsh weather conditions being one of them. Winter is approaching and if you have a little one, you not only need to be concerned about proper bundling, but also about skin protection. Here are some great tips for how to keep your baby’s skin healthy during the winter months:

Heat rash. Believe it or not, heat rash is not just a summertime occurrence. Skin that is tightly swaddled in blankets can become sweaty and itchy, leading to the small red bumps we call heat rash. To prevent heat rash in the winter, dress your baby in layers so that you can remove/add layers as you move between indoor and outdoor environments. If your baby seems to be bothered by heat rash, apply a topical cortisone cream to relieve the itch; the rash should subside within a few days.

Chapped lips. Baby’s drool – a lot. What’s more is that the winter weather can easily bring about runny noses. When baby’s lips are constantly wet from drool or a drippy nose, the skin on the lips can break down. This is especially troublesome during the winter months, when brisk air is around to irritate the condition even further. Protect chapped lips with all-natural over the counter lip balms like those by Burt’s Bees.

Bath time. While it’s understandable that you might want to bathe your baby on a daily basis, know that it is not necessary. When harsh cold weather strikes, your baby’s skin is especially sensitive and frequent bathing can irritate it unnecessarily by stripping it of its natural protective oils. When you do give baby a bath, be sure to use tepid water and a gentle, liquid cleanser that is free of lipids, and limit bath time to ten minutes or less.

Moisturize. The secret to keeping baby’s sensitive skin soft and supple during the winter months is to moisturize properly. Be sure to use a moisturizer that is chemical-free – Cetaphil, Aveeno, and Lubriderm are good brands to use – and slather it on immediately after bath time and first thing in the morning, before getting dressed to go outside.

Clothing care. It is a good idea to use gentle, fragrance free detergents for baby’s clothes, especially during the winter months. Also, skip the dryer sheets and dress your baby in natural (non-synthetic) fabrics like cotton.

Caring for your baby’s skin during the winter months requires special precautions. Follow these tips to keep your little one’s tender skin soft and free of irritation.

About the Author: Natasha Vennes is facing her first winter with her newborn and lives in a particularly cold climate. She’s consious of her baby’s skin and health and spends a great deal of time looking at sites like momexclusive for additional advice!

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