Winter weather can be tough on skin whatever your age, but babies are particularly susceptible to changing weather conditions.
What to look out for:
Red, chapped skin
Babies’ skin can easily crack and split in cold weather, particularly on the face, bottom, backs of knees and elbow folds. If your baby has a runny nose or is drooling, lips can be especially vulnerable. If the cold reaches your baby’s extremities – fingers, toes and nose – the skin can turn red or even blue, and can become really tender.
Nappy rash can occur at any time of year, but babies’ skin is particularly sensitive in cold, damp conditions. Heat rash is another possibility if you bundle your child up and overheating occurs. If your baby has bright red spots or blisters it may be a yeast infection.
Eczema flare-ups are particularly common during the winter months.
Flaky scalp (cradle cap)
If you notice greasy yellow scales on your baby’s head or behind the ears, it’s probably flaky scalp. This is very common and usually clears up on its own.
Ten top tips to combating skin problems this winter
- If you’re out and about a lot with the baby, the skin can become dry and rough. Apply face cream and a thick body moisturiser twice a day.
- Make sure your baby wears mittens, socks, shoes and a warm hat when you’re out.
- Use a dehumidifier to keep the nursery dry and maintain a comfortable temperature.
- If your baby suffers from dry lips, use a hypoallergenic lip balm.
- A gentle bath oil will help to restore moisture and suppleness. After the bath, dry skin carefully and apply a nourishing body cream or lotion.
- Let your baby run around naked or in just a nappy from time to time in a warm room, allowing the skin to breathe.
- Change nappies frequently and apply nappy rash cream if the skin looks red or sore.
- If symptoms are severe, use gentle, hypoallergenic products and clothing, especially around the worst-affected areas.
- Apply olive oil or baby oil to the scalp to loosen flakes and gently brush them out before shampooing.
- If symptoms persist, speak to your local pharmacist or GP.
Products we love
Mustela’s skincare range is like a breath of fresh air, particularly during the winter months. In addition to its products for new and expecting mothers, it offers dedicated, baby-friendly creams, oils, ointments and balms to soothe irritated skin.
We particularly love the company’s Bath Oil and Cleansing Cream products, which make babies’ skin super soft, cleansing, soothing and replenishing it in the process.