How to Prevent Winter Skin Problems & Winterwear Precautions for Babies?
Created by Parentune Support Updated on Nov 25, 2019
While winter means lots of warm cuddles with the baby, lazing around soaking in the welcome winter sun and delicious goodies, it can also be a hard time for the little ones, especially infants who are facing their first winter. Infants can end up with difficult colds, coughs, and also skin problems that can make them uncomfortable and irritable. And so, we discuss here some ways to beat the winter blues when it comes to the delicate skin of your child. Read on to find tips for taking care of the baby's skin and clothes during winters.
A baby's skin is very delicate, and the cold, dry air of winter can be cruel on it. A common resource, the heater can sometimes magnify the problem. The dry, hot air of the heater or the central heating system can make the skin drier by stealing moisture from it, leaving the baby in discomfort. However, a little attention and care can help a lot.
How to Prevent Winter Skin Problems in Babies?
Winter can be hard for the little ones, especially infants. Infants can end up with difficult colds, coughs, and also skin problems that can make them uncomfortable and irritable. Here We discussed some ways to beat the winter blues when it comes to the delicate skin of your child.
- Ensure the bathing time is short. Long exposure to the warm water can dry the skin, and leave it scratchy. Also, use tepid water and not hot. (A way to test the water is to test it on the inside of your wrist. If it feels ok, the infant will be comfortable.) Add a tablespoon of a gentle oil to the last mug of bath water and wash the baby with it. It is advisable that for the first few months of the baby's birth, you should stick to only water while bathing. After that start using soaps specially designed for his/her skin. Apply a barrier for nappy rash and also to protect him from having one. Just keep in mind that whatever baby skincare product you choose for your kid should be specially designed for a baby. Also, before bathing him, collect all the things together at one spot to avoid running around later and leaving an infant exposed after a bath.
- Apply baby lotion or baby skin moisturizer immediately after the bath so that the skin of your infant is protected from dryness.
- Give your baby an oil massage daily. This could be with mustard, olive or til tel. The oil must be lukewarm. This will help oil and moisture to penetrate into the skin and keep the baby happy. A message will also relax his muscles. After a massage, you could let the baby soak in some winter sun, in a covered area, such as next to a large window inside a room, or a patio. It is important to protect the child from the cold air. The sunbath will also help in Vitamin D assimilation and reduce the chance for jaundice. Wrap the baby in a towel when taking him to the bathroom to ensure the sudden change of temperature doesn’t hit him.
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- Your baby might experience chapped or cracked lips and cheeks. Apply lip care gel or cream on lips and cheek every 2 - 3 hours. There are specialized infant care products available in the market that can be tried. Try one, and if the baby’s skin doesn’t react to it, you could continue with it.
- Apply gel or petroleum jelly inside the baby's nose. Most often nose gets dry and the baby feels discomfort. If untreated, it leads to bleeding from the nose too. Liquid paraffin is also very effective in this.
- Make your baby drink lukewarm water according to his age so that the skin remains hydrated.
- If the place where you live is very cold and you have to put the heater on for most hours, keep a humidifier so that the dryness in the atmosphere is lessened. A quick home tip: keep a large steel bowl full of water, near the heater or in the room. This will help maintain the humidity levels.
How to Take Care of Baby Wear in Winters?
Along with the baby's skin-care regimen, it is essential to pay attention to the baby’s clothes in order to provide the child with the right care. Have a quick look at the tips for taking care of baby's clothes during winters.
- Avoid bundling your child and keeping him too warm. This sometimes leads to sweating which can irritate the skin. Also, excessive sweating can dampen his clothes from within (the layer closest to the skin), exposing him to the danger of catching a cold from being in dampness, akin, to a damp nappy or a bed.
- The child’s head needs to be covered and kept warm. Make him wear a cap so that the head and ears are kept warm. Ideally, a fleece-lined cap is the best. It is warm, light weight, and also does not make the baby feel scratchy or irritated. Also, cotton mittens and socks are advisable. The body tends to lose heat from the extremes of the body such as feet and hands.
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- Keep your child warm with the help of lots of layers of thin clothing, such as 2-3 cotton t-shirts. This will trap the warmth of the body inside and not let it escape.
- Since the temperature difference is great between inside and outside, take care that the child does not go through any kind of sudden exposure.
- Never make your child wear any woolen cloth next to the skin. The ground rule is that the first layer should be pure cotton. Also, plan his clothes in a way that there aren’t too many full-sleeved clothes, else the baby will be tight on his underarms and wouldn’t be able to flex them. Ideally, if the chest is warm, then the heart would be pumping blood well to all the parts of the body, and you will not need to cover the baby in too many sleeved clothes. One-2 layers might be sufficient.
- Rinse baby's clothes regularly and add fabric conditioner to them. Also, rinse in delicate soaps so that in case some soap remains trapped in the woolens, it will not create an allergy.
Remember the tips and follow the guidelines, you will be able to protect your child and its skin from the harshness of the cold weather.
| Nov 28, 2014
Hi! Bedaparna and Purnima , Please try to use Malai on baby's skin. Also please do not use besan for the removal of baby hair. use a milder soap or shampoo. Do not put baby powder on the skin If the problem persists, Please get it checked by a dermetologist. Hope this helps.
| Nov 28, 2014
Hi! Monika, There are lots of baby massager ladies available in cities. You could conntact their agency or if you have abn elderly lady in your family it would be better. I had hired a experienced massager lady for my twin daughters. Only please make sure that you are around when the lady massages and gives bath to ythe kids. If she is a family member, be around to help ouyt. Hope the explaination helps.
| Nov 30, 2018
Extremely helpful article. I always used to massage and bathe my young one with a very mild baby product like Johnson's which suited her quite well. I still use the same in winter. All your tips. especially applying moisturizer after the bath helps keep the skin nourished for long. Thank you.