Babies have delicate skin and winter can get really harsh on them. Therefore, TCT has listed down 7 handy baby skin care tips in winter.
My baby has an ultra-sensitive skin. Even the slightest spoon mark at the time of feeding leaves a mark on his chin. I have to be extra careful with the soaps and oils I choose for his bathing and massage because even the slightest exposure to oil leads to an eruption on his face. Infact, with his first winters banging on the door, I just have to see how his skin responds to such harsh, chilly winds and low temperature.
So, even though H is too new to winter skin regimen and for now we are on a hit-and-trial method, but, in any case, one needs to take extra note of caution during winter months to protect baby’s delicate skin from the drying effect of cold. As compared to mature skin like yours and mine, baby’s skin is several times more susceptible to dry faster and if left un-cared for may trigger skin issues like eczema. Although, Indian homes are not centrally heated but we just tend to go hysterical with the room-temperature and end up using heaters which strip of the hydration faster (just as central heating/cooling system), making their skin even drier! To tackle this, keep a humidifier in the room. Better still, a steamer.
TCT is listing down a few tips on the right steps to follow while taking care of baby’s skin during winter months. Just keep the below listed points in mind and your baby’s skin will remain soft and healthy:
1. Bathing tip | Soap: Bathe your baby every 2 – 3 days with lukewarm water to keep the dryness at bay. The winter air is dry and daily contact to water can make the skin rough and dry. For the first few months, it is advised that babies should be bathed only with water, after which you can use baby soaps. It’s best to use products with no fragrance at all. TCT advises moms and dad to use mild soaps such as Teddy or Seba Med Baby Cleansing Bar.
2. Bathing tip | Lotion: Keep the bathing time as short as possible and restrict it to a few minutes. Immediately after bathing, apply baby lotion or baby’s moisturizing cream so the moisture is locked so the moisture is locked in and the skin is well protected. TCT advises moisturizing your baby’s skin with Seba Med Baby Lotion and Gla-AD cream by Dr. Reddy’s (to be applied only on very dry areas).
3. Oiling: If you feel the skin is already a bit dry, then massage your baby at least 2 times a day with baby oil. As compared to creams, oil has a tendency to penetrate deep in the skin and will keep the skin soft. Use only that quantity of oil that is easily absorbed by the skin as too much can lead to acne. TCT advises oiling with Mothercare All We Know Baby Oil or Chicco Baby Moments Oil.
In toddlers, facial areas like cheeks and lips get dry and chapped first as compared to other areas. For this, repeatedly apply a lip care cream designed for babies. If the nose area is dry then apply petroleum jelly in and around the nose area. If left unnoticed the skin may become dry and bleed. In case of an infant or a toddler, just make sure that he/she doesn’t rub that area.
4. Hydration is equally important: Give your baby (6 months and older) lukewarm water to drink so he/she remains hydrated from inside.
5. Clothing: Besides using baby skin care products, it is equally significant to choose the right garments as well. To protect from cold, we have a tendency to put on multiple layers of clothing on the baby. But doing this may make the baby sweat more and irritate the skin. Excessive sweat will clog pores and will result in redness and rashes. Instead, keep your baby warm by putting on multiple layers of thin clothes. Woolen clothes should not be worn directly on bare skin. Infant’s garments should always be clean and disinfected. This will help in preventing various skin diseases.
6. Choose to moisturize over talcum powder: Instead of baby powder, use moisturizing creams that act as a barrier against moisture and friction to prevent nappy rash. Avoid applying any other cream on your baby’s skin as it is very delicate. TCT advises you to apply coconut oil at sore areas or rashes caused by wearing diapers.
7. Skin protection with baby accessories: Use caps, hoods and mittens for your baby to protect the tender skin on head, face and hands. While going out for a stroll, try to also include other accessories like covers and blankets on the stroller to guard against cold wind.
Hope your baby enjoys his sun-soaking sessions and enjoys the winter glow with a happy skin!
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