Winter skin care for kids: too much bathing is dangerous!

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Sometimes, being a new mom isn’t easy. There’s always trial and error in taking care of the 1st born. I should increase my reading habit when it comes to baby care. Even though my baby’s born in Kuwait, and she’s used to the weather here, still, her skin is delicate.

We’ve been using cetaphil lotion and soap on her body since her newborn days. But when there’s no stock of cetaphil lotion at home, we just use her mothercare lotion. A few months back, I noticed that her skin were flaky and rough. Normally, I’d just use Alfacort cream. The dryness and roughness weren’t that stubborn then. However, since the start of the year, the Alfacort and any other lotion that we applied (Glysolid Cream) didn’t do wonders anymore. My baby started to be fussy at night. She would ask me to scratch her legs for her (which I didn’t do so she’d end up scratching her legs!). I’d get up at night and put anything that would sooth the itchiness of her legs…and not it’s almost all over her body (arms, back). Poor baby.

THE CULPRIT

We’ve been bathing my baby daily (of course, hygiene is very much important), with occasional washing of her face and body anytime of the day (when she poops, and before bed time). The result? DRY SKIN. We think that rosy cheeks are cute to have (all babies in Kuwait have rosy cheeks during winter) but, hell, rosy cheeks do hurt. Now, my baby’s cheeks have gone from rosy to flaky. It’s not good.

Too much bathing and soap removes the skin’s natural oils. This is the main cause of dry skin. Dry climates make it worse, as does winter weather (“winter itch”) ~ KidsGrowth

NATURAL REMEDY

From KidsGrowth, here are the things that we can do to take good care of our kids’ skin:

  • Soap and bathing – avoid soaps, detergents, and bubble bath
  • Twice a week bathe or shower in plain water
  • Use lubricating cream
  • Use humidifier (we have in our room, and it’s not helping, I think)

I applied greenbarley juice (topical) in my baby’s skin, and the roughness has started to fade. I will continue applying the juice until my baby’s skin has gotten back to normal.

Oh, I hope winter’s over soon…but I also hate the scorching heat of the sun at over 50 degrees. Well, at least, our skin is normal during summer.

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