COM­PLEX­ION COM­PLEX­I­TIES

Mother & Baby - - BABY & TODDLER -

PROB­LEM

A baby’s skin is ex­tremely soft and prone to dam­age due to lack to mois­ture. When the at­mo­spheric tem­per­a­ture drops, the del­i­cate skin on its cheeks and hands starts get­ting dry. Eczema ex­ac­er­ba­tions are not un­com­mon if the skin be­comes too dry. Ba­bies in di­a­pers are at a risk of de­vel­op­ing a di­a­per rash due be­cause they uri­nate fre­quently in the cold. Pae­di­a­tri­cian Dr Su­nit Chan­dra Singhi of Medanta, Gur­gaon, makes a per­ti­nent point as he says, “chil­dren drink less water dur­ing win­ters; but iron­i­cally, the body re­quires max­i­mum water dur­ing win­ters to keep it­self hy­drated. Less in­take of water/flu­ids is the main cause for ba­bies for de­velop skin prob­lems dur­ing win­ters.”

SOLUTION

Keep your baby hy­drated with water/flu­ids. Add some el­e­ment of Vi­ta­min-E to her diet, to keep the skin sup­ple. Ap­pli­ca­tion of Vase­line or desi ghee to the cheeks and chapped lips can make them soft and pre­vent them from crack­ing. Ap­ply a layer of jo­joba oil, co­conut oil, or shea but­ter to the baby’s body to keep it mois­turised all over. While it is cer­tainly ad­vis­able to bun­dle up the child in warm cloth­ing, Dr Fer­nan­des cau­tions against us­ing fab­rics and laun­dry de­ter­gents that may harm the al­ready ten­der skin. “Use hy­poal­ler­genic laun­dry prod­ucts” he says, adding, “Also make sure to not use bathing soaps that con­tain al­co­hol, fra­grance, retinoids, or AHAs.”

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