With a son that suffers terribly on and off with eczema I’ve really noticed the effect that this drop in temperature has had on his skin.
Jasper goes through highs and lows with his skin; the majority of the time we keep it under control, smooth and clear. It’s never super soft, I don’t think he’s had that ‘baby soft’ skin since he was a newborn; but for the most his eczema is at bay.
All of a sudden however, when the Winter air kicked in, so did the blotchy patches of redness. He doesn’t seem to be uncomfortable from it but it is getting angry looking and very red which to me is a sign that unless I add/change something in his skincare routine, it’s only going to get worse.
I’ve teamed up with Bepanthen and registered health visitor and paediatric nurse Nicola Joseph to share with you some top tips for keeping your bambinos skin comfortable this Winter.
1) We know the havoc cold weather can play on our skin and our little ones are even more sensitive to it. It’s really difficult know how to dress them, going from a warm cosy indoors to a quite frankly baltic outdoors but the best thing to do is layer them up. That way you can add or remove layers as needed.
2) Babies can be prone to heat rash during the Winter just as much as they can in the Summer but from wearing too many layers, so make sure to keep your little one in breathable fabrics.
3) Limit your babies bath time to 2-3 times a week so as not to dry their skin out. If it does feel a bit dry after their bath then use a free-from moisturiser like Bepanthen Baby Moisturiser.
4) Wash your babies clothing with gentle, fragrance-free wash and conditioner to keep them nice and soft against their skin. I use Surcare and Ecover and neither of those have given him a reaction.
5) Even when the weather is cold, if the sun is shining you still need to protect your little ones skin using spf such as Bepanthen Baby Sun Cream.
We went back to the dermatologist this week to check up on his skin and it was confirmed that he definitely has eczema and he will most likely have it on and off throughout childhood. Without a proper cure steps like the above are the only way to keep it at bay and keep Jaspy as comfortable as possible.
If you have any top tips on how you keep your little ones sin soft and smooth during the Winter please let me know in the comments, I’d love to know!
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