This past Saturday night we here in New York City got nearly a foot of snow delivered to us, just in time for the holidays! Snowy conditions mean frigid temperatures, not the best environment for a baby's sensitive skin. Here are some tips from Parents magazine for protecting little noses, cheeks, ears and lips during the chilly winter months:
Babies’ lips are always wet thanks to drooling, lip-licking and drippy noses. That moisture can break down the protective top layer of skin. This leaves lips vulnerable to cold, windy air. Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly or lip balm to create a barrier against the elements and to moisturize already chapped lips.
This mild form of frostbite makes skin red and tender. Exposed skin, fingers and toes are particularly susceptible. Dress your baby in mittens and a hat or hood, and don’t stay out too long. Extend the cover of your stroller to block the wind. If your baby’s skin looks red, give her a lukewarm bath. Call your doctor if her skin color isn’t normal in a couple hours.
It’s not just a summer thing. If your baby is bundled up, he can become overheated. Itchy red bumps appear when tiny sweat glands get clogged. Dress your baby in breathable layers, and remove one if he’s hot. Use a 1 percent hydrocortisone preparation to help with the itchiness. The rash will go away on its own after a few days.