We have always had babies with dry skin and in the beginning it was quite a nightmare! With each baby, we have become better and we’re no longer struggling to them nice and most all year round. I have since come up with four ways to manage baby’s dry skin in winter:
1. KEEP BABY WELL HYDRATED
Apart from managing constipation, this is a good way for managing dry skin. We give our one year old a little more than a litre of liquids per day, this includes breastfeeding. If your little one isn’t really into water, diluted fruit juice is okay too.
2. KEEP BABY AWAY FROM THE HARSH SUNLIGHT AND HEATERS
The winter sun is known for being particularly harsh on skin and the long term exposure can lead to various skin conditions. In the short-term it can lead very dry skin, so its good to wear a hat or stay in areas where there’s lots of shade. If you will be using a heater this winter but don’t have some sort of humidifier, make sure you have bowl of water near the heater, provided it is safe to do so.
3. STAY AWAY FROM SOAP AND FREQUENT BATHS
Try to bath baby in oils or soaps with very little soap content like Dove. Soap can be harsh on the skin, especially sensitive skin like baby’s skin. I know some mom’s tend to be germophobes but some germs are really good for your child and every time you bath baby, you remove a lot of the germs. Frequent bathing, especially with hot water, can dry the skin out and is not recommended for babies. If it’s at all possible, try to bath baby only once a day.
4. FIND A GOOD MOISTURISER
This is quite an important point because the moisturiser is what is going to keep baby’s skin most for (or not) for 24hours. All our kids have really dry skin so we are always experimenting. What has always been a winner is Cetaphil which can be found at Dischem and is always a must – have in winter months. When it’s not winter they do really well using coconut oil.
If you find that your baby’s skin is still dry even after implementing these four suggestions then perhaps you should see your dermatologist who will give a thorough assessment and make the appropriate recommendations.