Protecting Your Baby’s Skin in the Winter

As important as it is to protect your children’s skin from harmful sun rays in the summer, it is just as important to protect their skin in the winter. Here are some tips to ensure that your little one skin stays soft:

1. If bundling up to brace the cold, dress your baby in breathable layers. Heat rash (blocked sweat glands), which are itchy red bumps, can occur when a baby gets overheated. Check baby often ad remove layers if necessary.

2. Babies lips are always wet from licking or drooling which can wear down the protective layer of the lips. Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly and baby safe chapstick, as a barrier from the cold and to prevent lips from getting chapped.

3. When bathing at home, wash with warm, not hot water. Hot water dries the skin. Also shorter bath times with a mild, fragrance free soap is best (Ceramides, glycerines or soaps with a higher fat content hydrate the skin), for keeping skin soft and itch-free. After bath, pat dry with a towel, do not rub. Apply moisturizer while the skin is still damp, to seal in moisture.

4. Keep babies hydrated with plenty of water, fresh fruit and vegetables. Start healthy from the inside and work your way out! Soups and smoothies are also a great way to remain hydrated. Juice is not recommended!

5. Winter means colds and flu which means more hand washing. More hand washing can dry skin out faster. When possible, wash with unscented, gentle hand soap and slather on hand lotion after.

6. If you have the heater running in the house, the air can become really dry which can dry out skin a lot faster. Run a cool-mist humidifier in your baby’s room at night. If you do not have a humidifier, here is a free DIY way to keep air moist.

7. Spend as little time as possible in the windy, cold weather. Cover baby as much as possible (gloves, hat) without over heating. If you need to be outside, use a wind/element cover on your baby’s stroller.