Protect Your Child’s Skin This Winter!
When thinking of protection for the skin for your child, you may simply be thinking of protecting him or her during the summer when they’re exposed to the sun. Obviously this is very important to avoid sunburns, but a child’s skin is also very susceptible during the winter months. Cold air can actually cause burns as well, and their skin may have a tendency to be even drier in the cold weather than an adult’s skin.
Covering up your child properly is the first step to protecting their delicate skin. Even if they aren’t going to be playing in the snow, gloves can keep their fingers protected. A loosely knit scarf that you lightly tie around their mouth can keep their neck, chin, and lips from the cold harsh wind of winter months.
A knit cap should always be worn by a child, pulled over their ears as these too are very vulnerable to cold weather. Their hair is not thick enough to keep their scalp and ears warm, so a cap or at least some ear muffs are needed.
It’s also important to keep your child protected from wind and cold no matter what they’re wearing. When it’s windy outside or very damp, try to keep your child inside as much as possible. Shield their faces when you take them from the car to the house, and so on.
It’s also important to keep your child’s skin hydrated during the winter. A warm mist humidifier in their bedroom can be helpful; another in the main part of the house will keep everyone comfortable. Don’t let the child soak in the tub too long as this dries the skin and use lotion meant for babies as well.