If babies could ask for skincare protection in winter, this is the one thing they would ask for!
Baby skin is 50% thinner than an adult’s, so they are much more prone to skin conditions such as skin sensitivity from chilly winter temperatures. As a parent there is no way you can anticipate every need that your baby has, but by looking after this one basic winter skincare need, you are preventing potential skincare or health problems that could arise as a result.
What is it? It is to moisturise and protect your baby’s skin – read on to learn how to do this from physical, environmental and product-based perspectives.
Babies and Internal Hydration
If your baby has adequate hydration, they will have most of these physical signs:
- Weeing every 3-4 hours
- If crying, they will have tears dripping from their eyes
- Dribbly saliva mouth, shiny mouth
- Being active and if walking, moving around the house
If they are:
- Crying and their voice is crackly
- Urinating less than once every fours hours
- Their wee is more concentrated like apple juice, or
- Their mouth is dry,
Then they may be mildly dehydrated. Getting your baby to drink will hydrate their internal systems and also, their skin. If babies are suffering from nappy rash or gastrointestinal illnesses, then they need more moisture as it comes out via the skin condition or illness.
One way to help relieve hydration issues is to give baby a small amount of water in a bottle. It can be used as a delay tactic at feeding time to adjust baby’s rhythm or habit around when feeding takes place, and can also be used as an overnight relief.
Babies and Humidifiers
A dehumidifier takes moisture out of the air, so generally speaking you shouldn’t need a humidifier in summer. In winter however, heaters tend to make the air very dry inside the heated room, which can then have a knock-on effect on your baby’s skin. If your lips are cracked or you have itchy eyes then there is a good chance that both you and your baby would benefit from a humidifier, which adds moisture to a room.
Humidifiers break down water particles to allow more moisture into baby’s breathing passage. This helps sleeping, dry mouth, common cold, dry nasal membranes and flu symptoms, which are not always visible to then recognise and treat. Read this guide for the best baby humidifers 2016.
On Baby’s Skin: Use a Barrier Cream
Common skin conditions in babies such as eczema can partially be alleviated by proper hydration and skin moisture. Eczema is a dry, red rash that can appear on the scalp, behind the ears, arms and legs, and is very itchy. It is not known what causes eczema, but triggers can include:
- Allergies and food intolerances
- Infections and viruses
- Skin dryness
For relief after a skin trauma, inflammation, burn or bruise, using a baby skin care cream is a great solution. Muti Soothing Skin Repair Ointment is an innovative breathable barrier that provides welcome relief for most rashes and irritations. Muti’s formulation has a no-sting formula with natural anti-inflammatories, and is gentle enough to use on delicate areas including the face. Muti is great for nappy rash, milk rash and more. READ MORE
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Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise.
Being aware of baby’s internal, external and surrounding environments and how that affects their skin is an ongoing job but in providing moisture for their skin, your baby’s skincare comfort and needs are assured. As always, Baby By Sia is happy to help, provide support and effective products and solutions for Mums, Dads and babies.
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