By Dr Indu Khosla
Winter is almost here and it comes with quite a few skin problems like skin dryness, itching, rashes and flaky skin to name a few. Just like adults, babies also need some extra care during the winter season. Hence, taking care of your baby’s skin is equally important.
Here are some common baby skin problems during winters and a few handy tips for mothers to follow.
Diaper rash is a dreadful experience. Diapers for babies are necessary but they need to be worn in the right manner with proper care. Wearing a diaper of the wrong size or for long hours might cause friction. Friction then worsens the skin causing more rashes. Hence, if you spot redness and soreness, using a trusted cream is highly recommended.
If your baby gets dehydrated, their lips tend to fall dry and end up cracking, as the skin adjusts to the environment outside the womb. Normally a petroleum jelly or oils help reduce the dryness, in case, if the problem gets worse or becomes chronic, you should make an appointment with your doctor to rule out severe dehydration.
The winter season might ruin the tender skin of your baby. Hence, parents should always make sure that the baby is being moisturised properly after bath. A good shower followed by a good moisturiser is ideal for deep nourishing of the skin.
Babies get dry scalp when their skin has little or no moisture. In babies it is called cradle cap. The skin on the scalp becomes irritated and flaky. This is commonly observed in babies who are two or three months old. This condition is temporary and can be cured with ease. Flaky scalp can be treated well with a good trusted oil for babies which helps the baby’s scalp remain nourished and keeps the scalp moisturised during winters. A soothing head massage can be followed by a trusted gentle baby shampoo. In any case, if the problem surges, you must consult a pediatrician.
(The writer is a Mumbai-based paediatrician. Inputs: Cetaphil Baby.)
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