How to manage baby eczema this winter: 7 expert tips
Winter is hard enough when you have a baby or toddler. Those freezing dawn feeds; the colds and runny noses, the time it takes to rug up just to go outside to play.But if your little one has eczema, it’s a whole other story. That’s something that your friends with babies without skin problems will never understand. The seemingly relentless need to moisturise, the pain of watching them scratch and itch under layers of clothing.I know. My daughter, Heidi, developed eczema as a baby, and I used to dread winter.
Here’s the tips I learnt from experts about how to protect your little one’s delicate skin from eczema in winter.
Tip 1: Moisturise with a natural baby moisturiser.
The single most important thing you can do to manage and reduce eczema in winter: moisturise.
Use a natural baby moisturiser with ingredients that are proven to hydrate and protect – study the back panel closely. Many seemingly “natural” baby moisturisers actually contain harsh chemicals that will make your baby’s eczema flare up.
Tip 2: Protect exposed skin, such as hands and face.
Use extra moisturiser on exposed skin. Carry an extra baby moisturising lotion in your bag. This is especially good for little hands, particularly if they get eczema or flaking between the fingers.
Try to protect their little hands when you’re out and about in the cold air. Toddlers and preschool kids generally love gloves – colourful hands! But babies can often to pull them off. Use them if you can; but not when they’re sleeping.
Tip 3: Use an extra gentle and natural baby bath wash product that hydrates.
As with baby moisturiser, many baby bath products on the market can actually dry out your baby’s skin. Choose one with natural ingredients proven to hydrate and soothe.
Tip 4: Use warm bath water and don’t let them stay in the bath too long.
It sounds counterintuitive, but long hot baths can dry out the skin. An evening bath is a great way to help your little one wind down in the evening. It helps signal to them that it’s almost sleep time. So run a lukewarm bath and let them soak and relax for a while (while holding and watching your baby of course!).
Tip 5: After the bath, add your baby moisturiser while their skin is still damp.
This also a lovely time to give your baby a massage with some hydrating baby massage oil. Just make sure your hands are warm first!
Tip 6: Use a humidifier
Humidifiers add moisture back into the air. I’ve found they’re particularly effective if you have central heating or air conditioning, as this can dry out the air. Just make sure you change the water regularly to avoid mould build up.
Tip 7: Don’t let them overheat
It can be really hard to know whether your little one is warm enough in winter without overheating them.
While the cold air can exacerbate eczema, so too can being hot and sweaty. The sodium in sweat irritates the inflamed skin and dries it out even more.
Remember, when inside, the ideal temperature is 18 degrees (which feels quite low to most of us); and when outside, your little one generally needs one more layer than you do.
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