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Winter Skin Tips for Your Baby

Happy laughing baby girl enjoying a walk in a snowy winter park sitting in a warm stroller with sheepskin hood wearing a white jacket and hatWinter time is a time when the air is colder and drier, and these colder months can affect your baby’s skin. Dr. Amy and the Baby Pibu team want to share a few winter skin tips for your baby to keep your baby’s skin healthy and happy.

  1. Use a humidifier in your baby’s room. Humidity during the warm summer months can be greater than 50% while humidity during the cold months can drop to 10%. Less humid air pulls the moisture out of skin. Put a humidifier in your baby’s room to replace the humidity to prevent your baby’s skin from becoming drier.

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    Remember to hydrate baby’s skin with a cream or ointment to lock in the moisture!
  2. Moisturize more during the winter time! Moisturize, moisturize, and moisturize during the colder and drier winter months. This winter skin tip for your baby is one that is a must. Baby’s skin is more vulnerable than adult skin as it is naturally thinner and more delicate. The best time to moisturize your baby’s skin is right after bath time when slathering on a moisturizer can lock in the hydration. Remember, ointments are better than creams, and creams are better than lotions at locking in the moisture.
  3. Protect your baby’s skin when going outside. Your baby loses much of her heat from her head, so a hat is a must-have when it is especially cold outside. Protecting your baby’s head with a hat and hands with mittens are important if your baby will be outside for an extended period. The cold and dry air can leach out the moisture from your baby’s skin and ultimately cause irritation to your baby’s unprotected skin. Protecting your baby’s skin is a necessary winter skin tip for your baby to both protect the skin from the elements but also reminds you how layers of clothing are a practical way to dress your baby during the winter. You want to layer up the clothing- not too much, as to avoid a heat rash. Think of “one more.” Your baby typically requires “one more” layer of clothing than yourself.
  4. Spot and Soothe eczema. Some atopic individuals are prone to eczema. Eczema occurs when sensitive skin gets too dry and irritated and then becomes rashy. Eczema flares are common during the winter months when the air is colder and drier. Protect eczema-prone skin with regular application of an ointment moisturizer several times during the day. Moisturizing with an ointment may be all you need to prevent or soothe a case of eczema. If an eczema flare is spotted, then moisturize even more with an ointment and consider an evaluation by your dermatologist in case a prescription medication is needed.

Consider these winter skin tips for your baby this season to help keep your baby’s skin healthy. Prevention is key, and these tips can help prevent skin troubles for you and your baby. Happy holidays and happy winter time!