Keep your baby's skin healthy this winter

Winter can be harsh on your baby's skin. Read on for tips on how to protect your little one's skin from the elements.

By Clare Tattersall

Winter skin care for your baby
Dry indoor air and frigid outdoor temperatures can sap moisture from your little one's skin. Here are ways you can keep her skin supple in the winter.

• Cover up that sweet baby face with a scarf to protect it from winter winds.

• Monitor the bath water; the warmer it is, the more moisture your baby will lose, so make sure that the temperature is lukewarm.

• Use a mild soap.

• Limit baths to 10 minutes.

• Apply a moisturizer right after bathtime.

• Protect your baby from the sun – even in –30 C weather. The Canadian Paediatric Society says sunblock should not be used on children who are younger than six months of age. Instead, keep baby in the shade or her face covered.

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This story was originally titled "Winter Skin Protection" in the January 2006 issue. Subscribe to Canadian Living today and never miss an issue!



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