By Melanie Johnson
May 29, 2018
Changing weather can be hard on a baby’s delicate skin. That’s why those rosy cheeks that you love so much can quickly turn red, leathery and even wind-burned as the seasons change. So, before you venture outside, here are some baby skin care tips to protect your little one from sun exposure, dryness and more all season long.
Sunscreen is something that many only think of in the summertime, but it should be worn year around, says Dr. Bryce Desmond, Dermatologist at Intermountain Alta View Hospital.
“Studies show that five or more blistering sunburns before the age of 20 increases your chances of melanoma by 80%,” Dr. Desmond says. “It’s a big deal – especially here in Utah where we’re generally in the top 10 in melanoma incidents nationwide.”
All the more reason to apply sunscreen anytime your little is outdoors. Even in winter and spring, it’s important to protect your kids from the sun’s harmful rays. UV rays can penetrate clouds and even fog to reflect off surfaces such as concrete, snow, water and sand.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises to apply a minimal amount of at least SPF 15 sunscreen to exposed areas of an infant’s body, such as hands and face if protective clothing is not available. But always try to keep newborns out of direct sunlight and dress them in clothing that shields the sun, such as a hat and/or long-sleeved clothing.
Apply sunscreen to all areas of the body but take caution around the eyes. If baby happens to rub sunscreen into his or her eyes, use a damp cloth to wipe the eyes and hands. If irritation occurs, look for a brand of sunscreen that includes titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. And if a rash occurs, talk with your pediatrician or dermatologist.
There are two different types of sunscreen: chemical sunscreen and physical sunscreen.
In the winter and early spring, cold, dry air can deplete your child’s skin of its natural moisture causing chapped skin. And it’s important to note that chapped skin is nothing more than dry skin that has become irritated. If you see dry patches, flaking, redness or scaly skin and wonder what’s up. Here are a few tips:
Protecting your child’s delicate skin from the elements can be challenging, but with some planning and preparation, you can help your child get back to what he or she does best – being a kid.