by Tasneem Dhinojwala
Six must-try home remedies to cure dry skin in babies. These health care tips are absolutely critical for winter months
Come winters and the concern of dry skin becomes paramount. Taking good care of babies, especially ensuring their skin stays healthy and glowing is of utmost importance. Since, baby’s skin is extremely delicate and sensitive in comparison to that of adults and requires more attention and care. The cold dry winter air and indoor heating can play havoc on the little one’s skin. Though there are innumerable options available in the market for baby care during winters, the best is to work out your own skin care treatment and method best suited for your baby.
Instead of turning to easily available products in the market, look inside your kitchen and your child’s daily routine, to figure out a way to beat the cold this winter and save your little one’s skin from winter dryness. TCT brings you 6 awesome baby health care home remedies.
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1. Moisturize Twice Daily:
Ideally, during winters, a baby’s bath time should be minimized, as bathing removes the skin’s natural oils and dries the skin. A lot of mothers prefer skipping daily baths for their little ones. But if proper care is taken then daily baths are not a problem. A quick bath in warm water with fragrance-free and soap-free cleanser followed by a proper moisturizing schedule takes care of the dryness problem. Using oil that suits your baby’s skin is a good option. From Coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil, or even a mix of these three oils, can be used as a good moisturizer. Pure mustard oil is also good as it keeps the body warm. Choose the one that suits your baby’s skin the best. It is recommended to pat dry your baby with a towel instead of rubbing the body and moisturizing while there is still some bath water left on the body.
This is nature’s gift to mankind in the purest form. An ideal and safe moisturizer, honey can be applied on the dry red patches of your baby’s cheeks. It is safe without any side effects and will not cause you concern, if your baby happens to lick it. Apart from external application, honey mixed with warm water can be given to the child for internal hydration as well.
3. Water – The Elixir of Life:
If the intake of water is optimal, then most of the winter dryness will never even make an appearance. Make sure your baby takes in enough water to keep hydrated during winter.
4. Breast Milk/Cow or Buffalo Milk:
Breast milk is a boon for every child. It not only keeps the child healthy in every sense, but also takes care of other problems as well. A few drops of breast milk applied on patched cheeks is a sure-shot treatment. Lactic acid present in cow or buffalo’s milk helps in exfoliating dead skin cells. The inflammatory property of the milk soothes dry and itchy skin. It can be mixed with rose water and applied on the dry patches for relief.
What goes inside the body as nutrition also determines the skin condition. Watch what your child is eating. Vitamin-rich food keeps the skin hydrated while sugary food leads to dry flaky skin.
6. Home Made Lotions/Home Remedies:
Apart from the oil that you can use as moisturizers, you can also make your own lotions from natural products. Olive oil mixed with honey and aloe vera makes a good hydrating mixture. Desi ghee is another natural miracle available in our kitchens. A light massage before bedtime can make your little one’s skin soft and radiant. A little bit of desi ghee applied in the navel is believed to keep the dryness away.
Try your own combination based on your baby’s skin requirement. Apart from these, make sure your baby is not exposed to too much of cold air directly nor is exposed for too long to the heaters inside. Using a cool-mist humidifier during extreme cold dry weather can help as well.
Disclaimer: Kindly consult your pediatrician before applying anything natural or exposing your baby’s skin to any specific home-remedy for the first time.
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