Your newborn’s skin is soft, smooth, and sweet-scented — but it’s still extra sensitive. As a result, it’s vulnerable to dryness, particularly during the colder months. There’s no reason to be concerned, however. Although dry skin on your child isn’t particularly attractive, it’s seldom a cause for concern. The best part? It’s pretty simple to find relief. Here’s how to keep your baby’s dry skin moisturized and keep skin irritation at bay. And, how to distinguish between a simple case of dry skin and something more severe, such as eczema.
Causes of dry skin in babies
Almost every baby (and adult!) will experience dry skin at any point in their lives. Many of the same factors that cause your skin to become dry will also cause your child’s skin to become thirsty. Cold temperatures and dry air, which are particularly prevalent in the winter, can dehydrate the skin. Too much time spent immersed in hot pools while relaxing, may have the same effect. Your baby’s frail, fragile skin is particularly vulnerable to dehydration.
How to identify dry skin?
Roughness, flakiness, ashiness, thin lines, and fractures are all indicators that your sweetie’s skin is dehydrated. Dry patches can appear anywhere on the body, but they’re most noticeable on the hands, feet, ears, and lips. Mild dehydration is unlikely to trouble your bub. However, very dry skin may get itchy, causing her to bite and irritate the skin even more.
How to care for your baby’s dry skin?
Short showers work best: Baths should be short and warm. Long, heavy, bubbly soaks will dehydrate your baby’s brand-new birthday suit, robbing it of much-needed moisture. Instead of boiling baths, use lukewarm water and a fragrance-free, soap-free shower instead of a steamy bubble bath. When it’s time to towel off, avoid rubbing your baby’s skin and just softly pat it off. To seal in moisture, bathe regularly or maybe every other day and use moisturizer.
Use a good moisturizer: After a wash, apply a thick moisturizer and reapply once or twice more during the day. Skin-friendly, fragrance-free creams or ointments are less likely to irritate the baby’s skin and are more effective at combating dryness than light lotions.
Keep them hydrated: Ensure that she is getting enough fluids from breast milk or formula. But don’t give your sweetie any liquids until the pediatrician says it’s okay — normally about 6 months, when he or she begins solids
Layer it up during winters: The skin is more vulnerable to dryness when exposed to cool, dry air. Layer your child with a baby hoodie and mittens before going out, and add an ointment or balm to her cheeks and lips. You will shield any of the breezes by covering the stroller with a plastic rain cover on windy days.
Be on the lookout for drool: Have a supply of cotton muslin wraps handy to wipe away drool. Chapped skin may be caused by excess moisture from saliva or a runny nose, particularly when it’s cold outside.
If you are still unable to combat the issue it is advisable to consult a pediatrician to help your baby. Happy parenting!
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