Sore, dry, chapped skin on little hands, faces, lips and noses – it looks so uncomfortable! But why do babies and children have more skin issues in the winter? And how can we help them?
Why do babies and children have more skin problems in winter?
- Children’s skin is more permeable than an adult’s, meaning it is more prone to dryness and irritation. It is also thinner which means it loses moisture much more quickly
- Central heating during the winter months makes the atmosphere in our houses dry, and this in turn dries out your little one’s skin
- Wind and cold weather outside further dry out skin, causing chapping that can result in rough, sore, red skin.
How can I stop my child getting sore winter skin?
We asked our friends at Toddle Born Wild, the organic skin care brand for their top tips:
1. Don’t bathe them for too long or too often
Newborns don’t need a bath every day – in fact 3 times a week is enough. Don’t keep them in the bath longer than 10 minutes as it starts to dry out the skin. Try and give nappy free time as often as possible to reduce the risk of nappy rash – a warm bathroom and a soft fluffy towel after bath time is ideal for some nappy free wiggle time!
2. Don’t use fragrances
As far as possible don’t buy fragranced soaps/bubble baths- it’s so tempting to get something that smells amazing! But the most common irritant in children’s products are fragrances. So buy unfragranced products – your child’s skin will thank you!
3. Use the right moisturiser
We use moisturisers liberally here and recommend ones with oils, few fragrances and few chemical additives. For very dry skin with particularly rough patches, apply twice daily and pick an emollient based cream – parents are often put off by thicker, greasier creams, but they really do provide an effective barrier, helping protect delicate skin from the elements. Or try organic coconut oil rubbed into your child’s skin and left on overnight for rough, sore patches of skin that can’t tolerate anything else – it really does work wonders!
4. Take preventative measures for chapped lips
Don’t forget your little one’s lips and cheeks: dry air and windy weather can make exposed lips chapped and cheeks windburned, which looks and feels like sunburn. The best thing to do is apply a lip balm, before exposure even happens.
5. Sunburn in babies and toddlers
It may be cold outside, but the sun still plays a big role in your baby’s winter skin care. Snow reflects up to 85% of the sun’s harmful rays, and even on a grey day, UV rays can still get through, so sun cream is important throughout the seasons. We recommend a factor 50 sun cream.
6. Dry skin from alcohol gel
Due to coronavirus, kids are using hand gels more than ever before and we recommend using a sanitiser without alcohol as this is really drying for children’s skin – it can also be very stingy on already chapped hands, ouch! Toddle gel works on killing viruses, without needing alcohol to do so, and the Toddle Toggle allows you to clip it to your child’s bag for easy access.