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Keeping your infants skin safe and healthy during cold weather

As the crisp chill of winter sets in, parents gear up to ensure their little ones stay warm and cozy. While bundling up is essential, it’s equally important to pay special attention to your infant’s delicate skin during the colder months. Pediatric Partners is here to guide you through some essential tips to keep your baby’s skin safe and healthy in the winter weather.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Cold air tends to be dry, and indoor heating can further strip moisture from the skin. To combat dryness, make moisturizing a regular part of your infant’s skincare routine. Opt for a gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer, and apply it after bath time when the skin is most receptive. Pediatric Partners recommends consulting with your pediatrician to find the right product for your baby’s specific skin needs.

Choose the Right Fabrics
Dress your baby in layers to keep them warm, but be mindful of the fabrics you choose. Soft, breathable materials like cotton are ideal for the layer closest to your baby’s skin. We suggest avoiding wool directly against the skin, as it may cause irritation. Always check for any signs of discomfort, redness, or rashes, and adjust clothing accordingly.

Hydrate from Within
Maintaining good hydration is essential for healthy skin, and this applies to infants as well. Pediatric Partners emphasizes the importance of ensuring your baby gets enough fluids, whether through breast milk, formula, or water (if recommended by your pediatrician). Well-hydrated skin is more resilient and better equipped to withstand the harsh effects of cold weather.

Be Mindful of Bath Time
While warm baths are a great way to comfort your baby during the cold season, it’s crucial not to overdo it. Pediatric Partners recommends keeping bath time short, using lukewarm water, and opting for mild, fragrance-free baby washes. Pat your baby’s skin dry instead of rubbing with a towel to avoid irritation.

Shield from the Elements
When venturing outdoors, protect your baby’s skin from the harsh winter elements. Use a gentle baby sunscreen on exposed areas, especially if there’s snow on the ground, as snow reflects sunlight and increases UV exposure. Additionally, consider using a breathable baby balm on areas prone to chapping, such as the cheeks and lips.

Caring for your infant’s skin during cold weather is a joint effort between you and your trusted healthcare provider. Pediatric Partners is dedicated to supporting you on this journey, offering guidance and expertise to ensure your baby’s skin remains safe, healthy, and happy throughout the winter months. By following these tips and maintaining open communication with your pediatrician, you can create a winter skincare routine that fosters your infant’s well-being.

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