Protect your little one’s skin and relieve cold-weather dryness and more.
“Air tends to get dry, with less than 5% humidity, when you heat your home,” says Kim. “This dryness leaches out the moisture from your skin.” Keeping the humidity level between 25% to 40% is ideal. If your child is prone to eczema flare-ups, using a humidifier is a must.
Baby’s skin is so delicate that it needs extra TLC. “After a bath, slather on a fragrance-free moisturizing cream or ointment,” advises Kim. “Put on her PJ’s and it’s like your baby just had a mini spa hydrating treatment.”
If your baby has pronounced redness or an itchy rash it can be hard to know when to call in reinforcement. "As a general rule of thumb, if your baby seems especially bothered by the condition due to itching, pain, irritability or a fever, and what you're doing to ease symptoms doesn't improve it over two to three days, see your pediatrician or a dermatologist," advises Kim. Be sure to take your baby to the doctor even sooner if the area is warm, appears to be painful, looks swollen or spreads over 24 hours.
If your baby has eczema and the condition worsens, “see your doctor,” says Kim. “Your baby may benefit from a corticosteroid or non-steroid cream or an antihistamine to reduce itching.”
Between drooling and runny noses, the area around the lips and chin can get very irritated. Protect this area by applying an ointment such as white petrolatum ointment, Aquaphor ® ointment or Baby Pibu™’s Hydrating Ointment. Dr. Kim advises repeating application several times throughout the day.
If your baby develops blisters or little ulcers on her lips or mouth, call your doctor to have them evaluated, especially if they seem to keep your baby from eating or drinking.
Another good rule of thumb? Check his hands and feet regularly to be sure they’re warm. Some winter accessories are cuter than they are functional. You may need to get a warmer hat and gloves. But if his head becomes sweaty, loosen up the ties.