Cold weather can wreak havoc on young skin. Children’s skin is generally more sensitive than adults’, and during the winter children can become more susceptible to dryness and eczema, so we spoke to Childs Farm’s Consultant Dermatologist Dr Jennifer Crawley to find out more.
Our skin acts as a barrier that regulates our temperature, protects against irritants and allergens, and shields us from potential infection. However, when skin becomes dry it can crack and cause irritation.
How do I keep my baby’s skin moisturised?
Moisturising skin is vital for newborns and children as their skin loses moisture more quickly than an adult’s, so it is up to us to make sure our children’s skin is protected from the elements.
As the temperature drops, children may be more prone to outbreaks of eczema, which can leave children itching and uncomfortable, so it’s important to keep young skin hydrated by moisturising at least twice a day - especially after bathing.
When buying moisturisers to use on young skin, look for products that have been dermatologically tested and approved, and seek out products that do not contain SLS, parabens and other harmful chemicals. All Childs Farm products use natural derived ingredients & essential oils and are suitable for use on eczema prone skin. If you have a little one with sensitive skin, always do a patch test before the first full application to make sure there’s no adverse reaction or irritation.
How long does it take for my baby’s skin to develop its own natural barrier?
When taking care of babies’ skin, it is important to remember that it can take twelve months for a baby’s natural skin barrier to develops. As such, it is especially important for parents of babies under the age of one to ensure their skin is protected as much as possible. Dr Jennifer Crawley suggests the following cautions:
- Make sure little hands are covered with gloves: Crisp winter walks are a joyful aspect of parenthood, but before stepping out, ensure all exposed areas of skin are wrapped in soft, natural materials such as cotton - this should prevent the cold air from drying out your children’s skin further.
- Avoid extreme temperature changes: It is tempting to run straight to the radiator after retreating from a freezing cold day, but extreme temperature changes have a negative effect on skin. The best way to avoid extreme temperature changes is to make sure that rooms aren’t too hot or too cold, and central heating is not overused. In addition, make sure your child's bath water is lukewarm and not too hot.
- Apply sun cream: This may be surprising, but it is wise to apply sunblock to young skin - even in the winter. It doesn’t have to be warm outside for the sun to emit harmful UV rays, so on cold, sunny days, keep your children protected with a strong SPF of at least 30.
- Moisturise! It's important to keep skin soft and avoid it drying out. Moisturise at least twice a day - especially after bathing
- Keep your baby covered in the pram: Dress your baby in layers and use pram covers to protect them from harsh weather.
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