Winter Skin Troubles*
Alex has had fairly dry skin since he was just a few months old and this is quite new to us as Daisy has never had any issues, so I've been doing some research on what's best for him and how to treat it so it doesn't turn to excema with help from our GP.
I didn't bath A for well over a week when he was born, it could have been 2 even. I did the same with Daisy as I know how important those first few weeks are in protecting their skin and there really is no need, they're not dirty after all! Obviously I would top and tail him with cotton wool and warm water but no soap touched his skin. I've also mentioned before that I used WaterWipes which are completely natural as opposed to your every day wipe which may contain fragrances or something. WaterWipes are the perfect addition to your winter essentials as they contain just two ingredients – 99.9% purified water and 0.1% fruit extract, nothing nasty to aggregate the delicate skin.
He seems to get really dry and his skin feels rough in certain areas like his elbows and knees. His little cheeks can also feel a bit rough when he's been out in the wind so I really need to watch out for him during the winter. He recently had a trip to the doctors with a virus but whilst we were there they also prescribed us some lotions and potions for his skin and bath to prevent it turning to excema.
Other preventative measures I have taken are to ensure I don't use soap on him (I haven't for months but thought I'd mention that the doctor told me to avoid it too), keep Vaseline at hand for his face for when we are out and about as a barrier, small bottle of his cream for the changing bag especially for after swimming and when he's been exposed to the elements, WaterWipes for every day wipes for mucky hands, faces etc and basically keep him well moisturised.
When we decide on our holiday to somewhere snowy, think skiing, we will have to be even more aware of how it will affect both Alex and Daisy's skin. When visiting colder climates, the dramatic temperature changes and bundled layers of clothing can exacerbate skin conditions from eczema flare ups, nappy rash, chapped lips and even ‘dribble-rash’ (Daisy is a nightmare for this!!).
Michelle Comrie, midwife at Southampton Princess Anne Hospital offers the following advice:
- When bathing your baby, ensure the temperature of the room is warm to begin with and avoid hot baths as they can dry your baby’s skin. Try and limit them to five to 10 minutes
- Be generous when moisturising your baby using a hypo-allergenic emollient to maintain and protect the natural skin barrier. Coconut oil has also been shown to be an effective natural moisturiser with emollient properties*
- Between bathing, remember to regularly clean baby dribble or spit up from their neck area and keep this area dry to avoid ‘dribble rash’. Opt for a chemical free baby wipe, such as WaterWipes, made from purified water and grapefruit seed extract, which is renowned for being a natural skin conditioner.
- Your baby is also much more likely to suffer from dry, chapped lips or sore cheeks as their skin is thinner. Try rubbing a small amount of coconut oil on the baby’s face and lips before going outdoors and try and limit the time they spend outdoors when it’s especially cold.