The chill in the air is finally upon us. Today, I stepped outside carrying a very bundled up little baby. The weather quickly has changed here on the East Coast, which means we have to start preparing for the dry skin that comes along with the cooler temps. Baby skin is oh-so-delicate, and while the beaming sun might not be shining on them constantly as it does during the summer, we still have to pay close attention to preventing rashes and protecting their skin.
A common skin problem is eczema. According to the National Eczema Association, 10% of babies each year deal with the battling skin irritation. In my experience, I’ve noticed it gets worse in the colder months and wanted to share some tips to make sure your little one’s skin stays far from being irritated by the pesky winter. With just a few great products and reminders, you’ll be fighting the cold in no time!
Click through all 8 tips for handling those cold days and keeping your little one’s skin protected.
Must-Read Tips For Handling Winter Skin 1 of 9
Baby it's cold outside! Check out 8 must-read winter skincare tips for baby before stepping out into the crisp air with your little one.
Find a Good Eczema Cream 2 of 9
Eczema is a common skin condition for littles ones and has a tendency of getting worse in the colder weather. Having a good eczema cream on hand is essential. Slather on a gentle, fragrance-free eczema cream is the best treatment. Choose a cooling and hydrating formula, like BabySpa's Calming Eczema Relief Cream, that is gentle enough to apply multiple times throughout the day without causing problems, unlike other steroid and cortisone creams. Even better, it's approved by the National Eczema Association.
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Use Hypoallergenic Products 3 of 9
Choose a laundry detergent that is hypoallergenic and fragrance-free but naturally cleans stubborn stains and messes on those onesies. The Honest Company's Laundry Detergent will keep skin from further irritation and won't leave chemical residues behind. It's a favorite in our house!
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Lukewarm Bath 4 of 9
Keeping the bath water on the cooler side helps hydrate and cool the skin, which in turn helps lessen itching because it avoids overheating. One of my favorites is Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy bath treatments. Not only do they comfort and soothe skin, but they quickly relieve any inflammation caused by rashes or that awful eczema.
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Don’t Forget to Prevent Chapped Lips 5 of 9
Believe it or not, those beautiful little lips get chapped easily. Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly or very gentle lip balm to create a barrier from the cold. Even Aquaphor works great! It will help decrease the chances of those awful cracked and chapped lips.
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Avoid Scratching 6 of 9
Anyone who has battled dry skin knows how irritating it can be. Just like you, your little one may try and scratch in order to get relief. However, scratching can further irritate and inflame skin and make your dry skin or eczema even worse. Always clip baby's nails, keep soft sheets on the crib, and use cotton Sozo No Scratch Mittens to keep them from itching.
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Baby Moisturizers 7 of 9
When heading out into the cold, always apply moisturizer. But, more importantly, I make it a habit to immediately moisturize after a bath because it's even more beneficial. Another tip: after bath time, try patting baby's skin dry vs. rubbing the towel onto the skin, as it's more likely to irritate the skin when you harshly rub the towel. Lotion helps lock in moisture during these upcoming cold months.
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Heat Rash In Winter? Yep! 8 of 9
Believe it or not, your little one can get a heat rash in the winter, so dressing in breathable layers during cold months is essential. When baby is warmly dressed and sitting in poorly circulated places, like a car seat, it can easily bring on that itchy rash. Dressing baby in a two-piece set with a onesie underneath gives you easy access to take off some layers.
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Don’t Forget the Sunblock 9 of 9
Yes, sunblock is just as important in the winter time. Just because it's cold out, doesn't mean your little one can't be damaged by the sun's rays. Even if the temperature is freezing, the sun is still shining! I always use a broad spectrum sunscreen between 15 and 30 SPF during the winter months.
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