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Cold winter weather can be tough on baby skin. Even Ale, who is now a toddler, tends to get these rough, red patches due to eczema flare ups when the temperatures start to go down. Since she was diagnosed with eczema earlier this year it’s been a constant concern of mine to make sure her skin is properly moisturized at all times.
Although South Florida winters are more of an extension of summer than anything else, I still adapt her skin care routine to the lower temperatures to try to keep eczema at bay.
We recently had the opportunity to learn directly from the Board Certified Pediatrician for AVEENO® Baby, Dr. Andrés Cotton, a few very handy skin care tips for winter on how to prepare our little ones for the cooler months. I wanted to share them with you because they have been very useful to me as I navigate through this whole sensitive baby skin situation.
- Keep the temperature in the bathroom and bedroom the same, making sure there are no drafts of cold air while bathing. I usually turn off the air conditioner right before I am about to give Ale a bath to make sure it is not too cold.
- It’s OK to give your little one a bath once a day, especially if you are in a humid and warmer climate like Miami. More than once a day can strip baby’s skin of its natural moisture and lead to dry skin.
- Always use lukewarm water and a soap free + paraben free baby wash like AVEENO® Baby Wash & Shampoo which also leaves baby skin’s skin soft and smelling fresh. I really like this cleanser because it works great on Ale’s sensitive skin.
- Moisturize baby’s skin immediately after her bath. My go-to lotion is the AVEENO® Fragrance-Free Daily Moisture Lotion! It was recommended by Ale’s allergist and pediatrician as it’s wonderful at keeping her skin properly moisturized, soft and healthy.
- Dress the little ones appropriately, especially when heading outdoors. It is best to dress them in layers so that you can remove or add clothing to keep your baby comfortable through the day.
- Loose cotton clothes are great because they let skin breathe.
Other Tips to Keep in Mind
- If baby is at least 6 months old, use sun protection when spending time outside. This is super important even if it’s cold and you don’t think the sun is shining strong enough. AVEENO® Baby Natural Protection Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 50 and AVEENO® Baby Natural Protection Face Stick with Broad Spectrum SPF 50 contain naturally sourced ingredients.
These sunscreens are specially formulated for children and this definitely gives me peace of mind because I know it won’t irritate Ale’s skin. I used the face stick on Ale for the first time last week and really liked the texture. It was not heavy and was very easy to apply, plus it’s so tiny that I was able to take it with me in my purse.
Thank you to the AVEENO® team for this lovely framed photo with my two babies! It was a thoughtful gift that I am keeping on my desk.