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 Winter Skin Care For Your Baby

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Winter Skin Care For Your Baby

Megann Sauer, M.D.​
Boys Town Pediatrics​

A baby's skin is thinner than an adults and so it's more likely to be damaged or at risk during the cold winter temperatures and the blowing gusts of wind.

As a result it's very easy for babies to develop chapped lips or dry, red, irritated skin.

This can happen quickly, even a quick run into the grocery store or into church.

If the temperatures are cold enough and the wind is blowing, a baby's skin can be injured in a matter of seconds.

How do I treat my baby's damaged skin?

For dry, red, irritated skin or chapped lips there are several good options for children.

Vaseline is a perfect one or Aquaphor. That can be placed on a baby's lips several times a day if they are dry or cracked, and a lotion that is non-scented and does not have a color to it are some of the best ones to use because they will be less irritating to the skin.

How do I prevent damage to my baby's skin?

The best way to prevent winter skin care problems in babies is to first, try to keep the skin covered and protected from those elements, such as the cold temperatures and the blowing gusts of wind.

Keeping hands and toes covered, having a baby wear a hat and layers will help to minimize some of these problems.​​​

​​A baby’s skin is thin and is more likely to be damaged or at risk during the cold winter temperatures. Dr. Megann Sauer, pediatrician at Boys Town Pediatrics, offers some tips on how to keep your baby's skin safe during the cold winter months.​​​

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