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The cold and harsh winter can take a toll on anyone’s skin although babies and toddlers are generally more susceptible to dryness and other forms of discomfort. The reason for this is because their ski-n has yet to fully develop which makes them prone to the harsh effects of winter.
Fortunately, there are more than a handful of tips in keeping your baby’s skin protected during this season with the help of baby products like Aveeno and good skin care habits for infants.
To start, here are some guidelines to remember:
1. Keep baths brief
Bathe your baby in lukewarm water, but make sure that you don’t make your baby stay in the water for too long. The reason for this is because long baths can actually dry the skin, which makes them lose more moisture than needed.
Since newborns and babies only ever need to bathe three times per week, parents can focus on their diaper area during no bath days and wipe it down with a lukewarm washcloth if needed. Longer bath time could lead to rashes, colds and other problems that your baby may be too little to bear.
2. Use gentle soaps
Using antibacterial soap protects a baby’s skin against bacteria right; unfortunately, a lot of these commercialized antibacterial soaps generally cause dryness due to the harsh chemicals included in their formulas. If possible, you should try to look the ingredients that are used in the soap before buying it because there are lot of soaps with hypoallergenic that might cause rashes or allergy to the baby’s skin.
Babies are sensitive when it comes to strong smells that’s why it also important to include the fragrance when choosing soap, because soap with too much or strong scent can affect the baby’s health. For gentler and more effective wash, consider using castile soap instead since they’re derived from vegetable oil and contain no harsh chemicals whatsoever.
3. Use gentle moisturizers
Moisturizer is simply a must. After all, they help lock in moisture and keep the baby’s skin from becoming susceptible throughout the day. When picking a moisturizer, make sure it contains organic ingredients and generally do not have parabens or added fragrances. Before applying to your baby’s sensitive area, perform skin patch test on their arm first to see if there is any allergic reaction.
4. Invest in humidifiers
Humidifiers are a great way to add moisture into the air especially when it’s wintertime. If you haven’t purchased one yet already, you should take the time to consider adding this helpful appliance in your household to assist you get through the season with ease. This can also help keep your baby’s skin moist.
5. Use skin sensitive laundry soap
Several laundry detergents contain added fragrances and chemicals which can be extremely irritable on a baby’s skin. To avoid letting certain chemicals stick to your child’s body longer than usual, consider using organic laundry detergents that contain no added fragrances. This helps eliminate dryness and overall discomfort.
6. Apply SPF
Around six months, a baby’s skin can benefit from SPF products which provide them protection against the sun’s harmful UV rays. It is especially important to apply SPF during the winter since the sun’s light can reflect off the snow, exposing them to the heat much more than we realize. Remember to ask your doctor for any recommendations.
7. Use comfortable clothing and blankets
Adults are not the only ones that can suffer from the cold effect of the winter but also the infants, since their skin is more sensitive than adults’. It is important to consider the clothes worn by them. When choosing right fabric, you should pick the softer kind because the kinds of fabric can affect infant’s skin, and more importantly, his health.
During the winter season, it is advisable to keep the baby with warm layers of clothes. New born caps can help the baby, mitten and socks are necessary also, it keeps the baby warm. Swaddling the baby in a soft, fleece blanket can make the baby more comfortable in sleeping and to keep him away from cold.
The winter season can be especially drying on a baby’s skin making them prone to flakes and rashes which can cause general pain and discomfort. To prevent any of this from happening, parents and caregivers alike should remember to stock up on important skin care items prior to the season so they can be more prepared. If your baby’s skin is especially sensitive, consult with your pediatrician right now for more expert recommendations.