Winter is associated with cold winds and low humidity, both of which dehydrate the skin, resulting in its flaky appearance, itching, and redness. Here are some tips to ward off dry skin in babies.
During winter, skin tends to lose moisture quickly making it extremely dry. This is especially true when it comes to baby’s skin as it is already prone to dryness. Therefore, as winter sets in, it becomes more important to ensure that your baby’s skin remains healthy and supple.
Here are 10 tips to ensure skin care for baby during the cold winter months
1. Beware of heat rash
Contrary to what you may think, heat rashes occur during winter too! Bundling up your baby too warmly can make him/her sweat and irritate the skin, which can result in a bout of heat rash. So, dress your baby in breathable layers to allow proper ventilation. As cotton clothes are sweat absorbent, it is preferable to dress your baby in these first, followed by other warm fabrics like wool.
2. Prevent skin dryness
In winter, be prepared to hydrate the baby’s dry skin all over the body. Ensure that the bathwater is not too hot and use only mild baby products as hot water dries and shrivels up the skin and stronger skin products remove the body’s natural oils. Remember to add a few drops of oil in the bathwater. After bathing, pat your baby dry with a soft towel and moisturize thoroughly. Choose a mild, herbal baby lotion and allow skin to absorb it fully. Keep moisturizing every 4 to 6 hours during the winter to keep your baby’s skin supple.
3. Massage regularly
Massage has multiple benefits. It improves the blood circulation and keeps the body warm. Regular massaging protects and softens the skin and prevents chafing. Make sure to massage your baby in a warm, comfortable place, preferably early in the afternoon. Also, remember not to massage your baby just before or after a feed.
Herbal remedies for winter skin care
For generations, certain herbs have been used for topical wellness in babies. Ayurvedic texts also recommend the use of these particular herbs to eliminate skin conditions in babies and children. Here is a list of herbal ingredients that you can look out for when buying baby care products this winter:
4. Olive oil
Enriched with vitamin E, nourishes, protects, and softens skin and prevents chafing. It has soothing and antimicrobial properties, which keeps baby’s skin healthy and soft.
5. Almond oil
Excellent skin softener, which gently moisturizes baby’s skin.
6. Country mallow
An antioxidant, has nourishing properties and protects baby’s skin from germs.
Protects and soothes baby’s skin. Applied topically, licorice helps in relieving symptoms of itching, swelling, and redness.
Perfect natural moisturizer, specially formulated to hydrate baby’s dry skin.
9. Green gram
Makes baby’s skin soft and supple.
10. Aloe vera
Used extensively in Ayurveda for treating wounds, burns, dermatitis, and other skin ailments, soothes and moisturizes baby’s skin. It also acts as an antibacterial agent.
Cover photo courtesy: The Himalaya Drug Company