Baby Skin Care: Protecting Your Baby’s Winter Skin

Baby Skin Care: Protecting Your Baby’s Winter SkinBurns, rashes, chapped skin and eczema are all common baby skin care issues this time of year.  Protecting your baby’s winter skin will help her avoid discomfort and maintain that smooth, soft, delicate skin you love to snuggle.

Here’s a guide to baby skin care issues and how to help resolve them:

Chapped Skin

The Issue: Dry winter air outdoors and indoors plus gusty winds beating on your child’s delicate skin can lead to chapped skin and lips. You may notice rosy cheeks or peeling lips as signs of chapped skin. Windburn looks and feels a lot like sunburn.

The Solution: Moisturize your baby’s skin day and night in the winter. Use a formula designed for a baby’s sensitive skin. Apply a baby-safe lip balm daily as well. Keep your baby protected from the wind with long clothing and a stroller cover.

Frostbite or Frostnip

The Issue: Frostbite and her younger sibling frostnip may set in faster than you think. Our bodies react to cold weather by reducing blood flow to the extremities in order to protect our organs. Frostbite and frostnip may appear as redness or skin may look bluish or lose color.

The Solution: Cover your baby’s body as much as possible with clothing, mittens and a hat that wraps around her ears and chin. Don’t stay out in extreme conditions too long. If you notice redness or discoloration that may be frostbite or frostnip, put your baby in a lukewarm bath and call your doctor.

Heat Rash

The Issue: Heat rash is common when babies are over-bundled for the weather. It is marked by red pimply skin in the areas that are overheated and sweaty, often in the creases of a baby’s arms, legs, neck and groin. This occurs when sweat glands become clogged.

The Solution: Aim for lose fitting clothing that still offers warmth rather than wrapping your baby too tightly. If your baby does develop a heat rash, blot the area with a water and baking soda mixture.

Sunburn

The Issue: Despite cold weather, the sun can still burn your baby’s skin during the winter. This is particularly common when the sun is out and snow is on the ground because the white snow reflects the sun back onto your baby’s skin.

The Solution: It’s great to help your baby get her Vitamin D naturally during winter months. It can boost her mood and support her entire body. But do apply a baby-safe sunscreen before spending time outside in the sun and try to stay out of direct sunlight in peak hours.

Eczema

The Issue: This dry, bumpy skin condition may be chronic but it is usually worse when skin is dry. It may look red and flaky with raised bumps.

The Solution:  Moisturizing, especially after a bath, is the best way to treat eczema. Also, keep your baby’s nails short so she doesn’t scratch the area and make it worse.

Sources: Parents, What to Expect and CNN