Just like adults, babies and children are susceptible to dry skin. In fact, in reality, children’s skin is more vulnerable to dryness due to its fragility. In winter or freezing weather, the combination of cold, dry outdoor air and indoor heating can quickly dehydrate the skin. Often, if your baby has dry skin, it will be noticed on them as dry patches, particularly in the summer because of the sun, air conditioning, saltwater, and chlorine in pool water.
Skincare Tips for Baby Dry skin
- Reduce bath time
Bathing dries up a baby’s skin because it washes away all the dirt and the skin’s natural oils. And frequent baths should not be a concern if you take a few precautions.
- Reduce the bath time to about 9-11 minutes instead of 30-minute bath time. Use warm water instead of hot water. It’s recommended that you use a fragrance-free or solvent-free cleanser, much gentler than the regular soap.
- Allow your child to play in the tub before washing her so that she does not sit in soapy water. Bubble baths should ideally be eliminated from your child’s daily routine, or at the very least limited to special occasions.
- Although bath oils can seem to be a good idea, they may make the tub dangerously slippery, and the majority of the oil eventually drains. It is preferable to use an emollient (skin moisturizer) after bathing.
- Apply Moisturizer
When you take your child out of the water, pat him dry quickly with a towel and apply moisturizer or baby lotion right away—using moisturizer or baby lotion as soon as your child gets out of the tub seals in the water that’s already on his skin from the wash.
When it comes to moisturizers, the thicker, the better is a general concept. If your child’s skin is still dry after using a baby lotion every day, consider switching to a thicker cream or ointment. (Ointments are good at retaining skin moisture, but they can be greasy.) Apply a small amount to the skin and gently rub it in. You can also use creams as they absorb quickly and not leave a greasy residue on the skin.
For proper baby skincare, you might also want to consider applying the moisturizer twice a day, once after bathing and once during the day.
- Avoid Chlorine and Saltwater from drying on your Baby’s skin
Chlorine and saltwater are also abrasive to the skin. Rinse your child’s skin with tap water after a bath in the pool or the ocean, and then add body lotion while their skin is still moist.
- Use a humidifier
Using a cool-mist humidifier in your baby’s room if the air in your home is dry.
- Keep your baby Hydrated
Moisture is lacking in dry skin. Ensure you supply your baby with enough water, as this will serve as a replacement for evaporated or lost water.
Remember that drinking a lot of water won’t help if you don’t moisturize as well. Experts compare it to pouring water into a bucket with a hole. Your baby’s skin will not be adequately hydrated if there is no moisturizer to keep in the water.
- Protect your baby’s skin from Weather Elements
In extreme cold, make sure your child wears mittens or gloves to prevent her hands from being dry and blistered due to the cold and wind. Take precautions against windburn and sunburn, regardless of the season.
If your child’s skin is susceptible, you might want to rinse his clothes twice to ensure that no soap residue remains. If your child’s skin is vulnerable, avoid wearing too tight clothing or too rough. Bear in mind that some fabrics, such as wool, will irritate dry skin more than others. If scratching is a concern, be sure to keep your child’s nails clean and short.