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How to Protect Baby's Skin in Winter

Follow these steps to keep your baby lovably soft all winter.

Wed, 22 Aug 2012|

-Indoor heat and cold chapping weather outdoors makes dry skin a common problem in winter. To avoid making dryness worse, bathe you baby no more 2 to 4 times per week using mild baby cleanser. Replenish some of the skins oil lost due to bathing by massaging your little guy with a gentle and bland moisturizer. If your baby is 6 months or older, it's important to apply and SPF of 30. Look for broad spectrum sunscreen, which protects against UVA and UVV rays that contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Using sunscreen before 6 months is not recommended because an infant screen is extra sensitive. When going out, put baby in several thin layers up close, wear mittens, a hat that covers his ears, socks and boots, or other snuggly shoes, look for soft materials such as fleece or soft wool. When he is in the stroller, use a visor to protect him from the wind and Sun. Depending on how cold it is and how long you will be out, you may also want to use a stroller mat. When baby drools or gets a runny nose, it irritates the skin. If you notice baby's cheeks or lips are red, flaky, or cracked, they are chapped. Apply and occlusive lotion such as petrolatum or Aquaphor to the cheeks or lips to protect the skin. Frostbite is caused by prolonged exposure to cold. So, try to limit out your time to no longer than half an hour especially if the weather is damp. If clothes and mittens get wet, swap them for a dry pair or remove them and take your child inside. Baby's nose, ears, fingers, and toes are most prone to frostbite, so watch them closely. If you notice white, bluish or blistered skin, go inside to warm up. If the skin doesn't pink within a few minutes, call your pediatrician.