Winter is here, a.k.a the cuddle season. Not just babies, but everyone wants to snuggle into their blankets and sleep. The dream of most moms during this season is to cuddle with their little ones while sipping coffee and reading a book.
The love for winter is very high for some people & some people hate winter. Most babies love winter, but their skin doesn’t. You cannot blame them, their skin really thin and soft. Its extremely vulnerable to the forces of nature and everything new in general. In this article, we will go through some baby skincare tips for the winter.
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Problems faced in winter and skin care solutions
Winter brings a lot of problems for babies & their skin. It is necessary that you have a routine for baby skincare in winter. A lot of parents directly resort to chemical-based products or using heavy blankets to keep their kids warm. We have literally dived into the internet to find out some basic yet easy solutions, tips & tricks that you can use.
1. Dry skin
It is the most common faced by all parents across the globe. Dry skin occurs not only in winter, but it can happen anytime if the air surrounding you extremely dry. The winds seep out the moisture from the tender skin of babies leaving it dry and prone to rashes. Now how to tackle this problem:
- First and foremost, Only use natural moisturizers or products that are made from natural ingredients. Use moisturizers from Mama earth or Sebamed.
- Don’t use hot water. It may be tempting, but it’s more harmful. You might think that hot water will keep the baby warm, but it will steal all the moisture from a baby’s skin.
- You might think higher layers of clothes your baby has, the warmer she/he is. A lot of layers can cause your baby to suffocate, or they’ll be irritated easily as they cannot move freely. This will increase the friction between the fabric and their delicate skin causing more rash.
- Don’t miss out on the massages. Massages are a really good way to get their entire bodies moisturized.
2. Chapped lips
All of us keep moisturizing our lips naturally, with our saliva. Babies do the same, they are constantly licking their lips or sucking their thumb, etc. This keeps the lips moisturized. But when these are exposed to the elements, the moisture dries out pretty easy. This leaves their lips chapped and rough. Sometimes their lips are so chapped that they start bleeding. You can use these steps to counter it:
- Use lip balms that are completely based on natural products. Mamaearth has a great range of products and their lip balms are super amazing. These protect the natural moisture and stops it from drying out.
- You can also use pure ‘Ghee’ if you want to.
- Keep your children hydrated, always. Dry & chapped lips are also a sign of underhydration.
- Avoid taking them out in the dry cold air. If you have to, make sure you are using a good lip balm.
3. Dry scalp
A lot of infants suffer from this during the winter. Their scalp becomes really and starts getting a bit flaky. This is generally caused due to the friction caused between their cradle cap and dry skin. This is not really harmful but can be really irritating for some babies.
Here are a few steps that you can take to prevent dry scalp:
- Don’t use Hot water for bathing. Hot water takes away all the natural moisture produced by our body. Instead, use warm or lukewarm water for bathing. Also, reduce the bathtime to 5-10mins.
- It is advised that you use products that have a natural base. Products from sebamed & mama earth are really great. These not only moisturize your baby’s skin but also prevent it from losing its natural moisture.
- Apply olive oil or coconut oil to your little one’s scalp to prevent it from getting dry.
- You can also try to increase the humidity in your baby’s room.
A lot of babies suffer from eczema or some other kind of skin rash during winter. Eczema is a condition where red patches appear all over their bodies. The skin in these patches becomes dry, itchy, thickened and scaly. Though there is no way to get rid of eczema completely, as it is an inherited skin condition. However, you can follow these steps to tackle it:
- Use a lot of moisturizing. It is advised that you use moisturizers that have a natural base. Increase the number of times you apply moisturizer, but don’t overdo it.
- You should moisturizing soap and shampoo for your baby during bathing too.
- While sending them out or taking them outside to play, make sure you have covered the affected area. Exposing it to the dry air is only going to make it worse.
5. Diaper rash
Diaper rash is another very common issue faced by almost all babies. Diaper rash occurs of a baby has been wearing a soiled diaper for a really long time. It can also happen due to a tight-fitting diaper. Another culprit for diaper rash is, the skin getting sweaty and the diaper being on for a really long time. There are some really simple steps using which you can defeat diaper rash.
- Use Zinc oxide based diaper cream like this one from Sebamed.
- Avoid using dusting powder as it can cause irritation to the baby while breathing.
- Change the diaper frequently, or as soon as it gets soiled. Don’t leave it on for too long.
- If you are concerned about what size of diaper should you buy. Just go for an All-in-one Cloth diapers. We have written a complete guide on cloth diapers, check it out here – All about Cloth Diapers for babies in India.
- Make sure that you give your baby’s bottom some diaper-free time.
Few Misc Tips for baby skincare in winter:
- Avoid direct sunlight, especially during peak hours.
- Use a heater & a humidifier in your baby’s room if needed.
- Keep the windows closed if your house has a lot of wind coming in.
When to visit a doctor?
You should actually consult a pediatrician or a dermatologist before applying any skin cream or moisturizer on your baby’s skin. Most pediatricians & doctors recommend using Sebamed, that’s why we also recommend the same.
Now, when should you visit a doctor?. You should visit a doctor if your baby’s rash isn’t improving or is getting worse even after using different baby skincare products. You’ll notice inflammation, a lot of redness and your baby will clearly be very irritated.
A prescription from your pediatrician or dermatologist should definitely reduce or cure the rash.
Winter is a really fun time, everyone gets in the holiday and Christmas spirit. Rashes, dry skin, chapped lips, and other problems should not hold your cuties back from enjoying to the fullest.
I hope our tips will help you out. If you have any other tips for protecting baby skin in winter, write them down in the comment section below.