As the weather gets colder, rosy red cheeks are common and at times, people may even think it's cute, but the rosy red comes with burning and itching– not cute at all. What are some tips to make sure baby is protected as the weather turns cold?
During the winter, little cheeks can get rough and rosy. Noses can drip which can cause dry and sore skin above the lip. Lips get chapped and sunburns can even happen.
One of the top problems people don't realize is that skin can still get sunburned when it's cold outside. When temperatures are nearing freezing and it's darker outside, the sun is still out and shining. In fact, it can be worse in the winter due to the snow – it reflects and intensifies the sun, so baby can be more likely to get a bit too much sun while out without protection. It is recommended to wear sunscreen year round for that reason. Sunburns do more than hurt for a few days, just one sunburn on a child raises her risk of Melanoma (the most dangerous form of skin cancer) in later years. Too much sun also causes premature aging. A leathery appearance or a tan itself is a sign that the body is being damaged and healing itself. Infants are more likely to end up burned due to their sensitive skin.
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Moisturizer can be of huge help too. When the heat is turned on, sensitive baby skin can get dehydrated, but some good infant moisturizer every day after their bath helps soften and rehydrate it. Furthermore, dry air can dehydrate anyone's skin and can get lips and the skin under the nose chapped.
Running a cool or hot mist humidifier while the heat is on in the house during nap time or at night helps keep skin hydrated. It can keep baby from getting chapped lips when they have a runny nose and it helps baby breathe when they have a cold.
It's all about layers. Make sure baby is fully covered, including socks (and shoes). You can take layers off when you get inside (babies can get overheated easily) but when you take them out, make sure everything is covered. Include a hat, as babies easily lose body heat through their head (and feet) so wearing a hat is also critical when taking them outside.
Try to keep them inside as much as possible during the coldest times considering the fact that the cold can cause respiratory infections, dry out skin, and cause other types of problems, so it's best to keep very young babies inside unless you have to go out.
Colds, flu, and other health issues that are annoying for adults can put the baby's life at risk, and more so during the winter months. Keep them warm as much as possible and wash your hands/sanitize buggies and make sure you disinfect objects that are more prone to hosting bacteria that will come directly into contact with baby.