Babies’ skin is the epitome of softness. But because babies are so delicate, their skin requires special care. Exposure to chemicals, unnatural fibers or the weather’s elements can make your child’s skin rough, red or chapped. Baby skin care in winter requires a little extra attention. It’s important to avoid certain conditions and products which might irritate your little one.
Check out these tips for keeping your child smooth, soft and happy during the colder months.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Like adults, some babies have dry skin which requires moisturizing. For children under one year and for those with extra sensitive skin, try to avoid products made for older children or adults. These could contain irritating scents or colors. Epizone A or Epizone E as well as some alternatives like Baby oil or coconut oil is natural and pure options. They can be massaged into your baby’s skin to help keep dry skin at bay. Massage has also been known to help babies go to sleep, soothe colic and strengthen bonds between parent and child – so, enjoy!
Guard Against for Diaper Rash
Any time of year, diaper rash and other skin conditions can arise from Baby’s damp nappy. Winter becomes especially problematic because the baby is usually swaddled in more layers. The difficulty of getting them all off makes changing diapers less convenient. Heat caused by excessive layers can increase the risk of diaper rash as well. If your baby develops a rash on her bottom, do not use talcum powder which can dry out the skin more. Use a diaper cream with zinc in it, or petroleum jelly to create a barrier between the skin and the moisture which exacerbates the rash. Epizone E acts as a barrier protecting skin against nappy skin rash.
Dress your baby in layers
Babies lose heat much faster than adults and it’s important to keep them warm during the cold weather, but it’s just as important to make sure that they do not get overheated. A great way to handle this is by dressing your baby in layers. Dressing baby in layers will allow you to add or subtract clothes as necessary. Even in chilly climates, babies can still get heat rash if they are too heavily swaddled. Heat rash leads to diaper rash, and irritation around the folds of your child’s skin. That can lead to crankiness and sleepless nights, which are no fun for anyone.
Baby oil massage
This is totally mandatory for all babies. The oil massage actually supplies nutrients to the skin besides the protective layer on the surface. All you have to do is find good baby oil. Traditional products like almond oil are good, but avoid using anything based on petroleum products. They lead to skin rashes almost always. Many organic alternatives are available nowadays. In fact, mustard and olive oil from your kitchen are great for the winter massage. Massages with these oils will make your baby’s skin soft and protect it from dryness
Bathing the baby
Long baths can dry out your baby’s skin even more. Limit bath-time to ten minutes at most. Use baby soaps and body washes which have ingredients like Natural Milk Cream, Shea Butter, honey, almond oil and other such moisturizing ingredients during bath time, it will reduce the chances of the baby’s sensitive skin to dry out. Epizone A and E also serves as a soap substitute preventing skin for being stripped off natural oils during bath-time. Before you remove your baby’s clothes for a bath, make sure that the room is at a comfortable temperature. Use lukewarm water to bathe your little one and bath products that are more suited to care for dry, winter skin
Take care of temperature changes
Always help your baby to acclimatize with the temperature change. A sudden fluctuation can disrupt the immunity and lead to a viral issue. Don’t let it happen! So, when you are giving your baby a warm water bath, make sure that windows in the bathroom are closed not to allow gushes of cold air. Also, take extra care when you are going in or out of the home in winter. The baby should not be too hot or too cold.
Watch out for signs of eczema
Though eczema is known to be a hereditary condition, it can flare up even more with a change in temperature. Look out for red bumps or scaly skin. Consult your pediatrician if you see signs of eczema as it can be quite uncomfortable for your baby. Make your baby wear 100% Cotton, because they do not use toxic chemicals during the production process, which is a common cause of skin allergies in babies. Epizone Baby & Kids is dermatologically tested to treat eczema and other skin conditions and is often prescribed by doctors.
Protect from chapped lips
Winters bring along lots of dryness, and because babies are mostly drooling, licking or dripping, it can lead to having chapped and dry lips. To keep your babies lips soft, you can apply a thin layer of a natural lip balm or a petroleum jelly, in consultation with the paediatrician. You will also need to protect your baby’s cheeks from getting dry and red.
Hydrate on the inside and outside
The most important rule of winter skin care! Proper moisturizing can prevent most skin problems that are caused due to dry, cold weather. As soon as you are done bathing your baby, pat their skin dry quickly and massage a gently baby moisturizer into their skin. Use baby creams that are both gentle and hypoallergenic for baby’s skin in winter. Keep your baby well hydrated from the inside too! Breastfeeding is great for their immunity and will keep them from getting dehydrated.
Keep your home cozy
If you are switching on the heater at home, ensure you have a humidifier so that the air doesn’t get too dry and suck the moisture from your baby’s skin. This will keep your baby comfortable and help them sleep better too.
Let Epizone Baby and Kids help you along your journey to keeping a happy and healthy baby.