Ab­sorb per­spi­ra­tion and ex­tra mois­ture

Your Baby & Toddler - - Skincare Special -

Ab­sorb ex­cess mois­ture and per­spi­ra­tion and re­duce chaf­ing by up to 70 per­cent¹ with

First sprin­kle into your hand, then ap­ply be­tween the chubby folds of baby’s skin to help keep him com­fort­able. The Fresh vari­ant has a light, fresh fragrance that’s suit­able for the whole fam­ily.

or tod­dler wears a dense­ly­wo­ven, wide-brimmed hat, dress them in Uv-protective beach and swimwear, and al­ways, al­ways use sun­screen de­vel­oped specif­i­cally for chil­dren. Prefer­ably, opt for one that uses in­or­ganic fil­ters such as zinc ox­ide and ti­ta­nium ox­ide – they’re less likely to ir­ri­tate baby’s skin, ad­vises CANSA. Re­mem­ber to ap­ply sun­screen 15 to 30 min­utes be­fore you head out­doors and al­ways reap­ply af­ter swim­ming. Ba­bies un­der six months old should be kept out of the sun al­to­gether, and CANSA ad­vises against us­ing sun­screen on ba­bies younger than six months old.

Most tod­dlers love to play in the wa­ter, so Uv-protective cloth­ing and a densely wo­ven broad-rimmed hat are es­sen­tial, but so is a high­SPF sun­block – the Amer­i­can Academy of Der­ma­tol­ogy rec­om­mends us­ing a broad­spec­trum sun­screen with an SPF of 30 or more, which should be reap­plied lib­er­ally ev­ery two hours. You can also get a CANSA Uv-smart Arm­band for your tod­dler, which turns darker the more UV ra­di­a­tion they re­ceive – it’s an easy way to keep track of when they’ve had enough. And of course, look for the CANSA Seal of Recog­ni­tion on the sun­block you buy.

Stings AND bites

Spring and sum­mer are the out­door sea­sons, but they’re also the sea­sons of an­noy­ing stings and bites. Most in­sect bites are rel­a­tively harm­less, but itch­ing can be a real ir­ri­tant for tots. If your lit­tle one gets bit­ten, wash the area with soap and wa­ter, then ap­ply a cold, wet face­cloth or ice to the area to re­duce itch­ing. Oc­ca­sion­ally, mos­quito bites will cause a large area of swelling, sore­ness and red­ness. Calamine lo­tion is a safe op­tion for ba­bies and tod­dlers, or for an older tod­dler a top­i­cal an­ti­his­tamine cream con­tain­ing mepyra­mine can be used. If you no­tice any sign of an al­ler­gic re­ac­tion from a bite or sting – se­vere swelling, all-over itch­ing or dif­fi­culty breath­ing, head to the emer­gency room im­me­di­ately. Most in­sect re­pel­lants ap­plied to the skin are not rec­om­mended for tiny ba­bies, in which case the best de­fence is to cover them up with longsleeve­d tops, pants and socks, mos­quito nets and by stay­ing in­doors from dusk when the mozzies ap­pear un­til af­ter dawn. Be cau­tious when us­ing in­sect re­pel­lants con­tain­ing DEET – this is a highly ef­fec­tive re­pel­lent, but it’s not suit­able for ba­bies un­der two months old. The Amer­i­can Academy of Pe­di­atrics has ap­proved the use of 30 per­cent DEET or less for chil­dren over two months of age, but you’ll need to read the la­bels of all

chem­i­cal re­pel­lants care­fully to check how much DEET the prod­uct con­tains, as many con­tain con­cen­tra­tion lev­els of 50 per­cent or more.

There are plenty of safe, nat­u­ral prod­ucts avail­able on the mar­ket con­tain­ing cit­ronella oil, khaki bush, neem and/or lemon eu­ca­lyp­tus if you would pre­fer to use a chem­i­cal-free prod­uct on their skin or in their en­vi­ron­ment.

wis­dom for win­ter

Win­ter throws up quite dif­fer­ent chal­lenges for baby’s skin. For­tu­nately, we don’t live in a cli­mate where we ex­pe­ri­ence ex­treme weather, so frost­bite is one con­cern you can scratch off your list. How­ever, be­cause it’s so much thin­ner and more del­i­cate than adult skin, your baby or tod­dler’s skin is more sus­cep­ti­ble to the drop­ping tem­per­a­tures and chang­ing weather of au­tumn and win­ter. To keep their skin sta­ble, avoid ex­pos­ing them to overly cold, hot or dry air. If your tod­dler has dry skin, con­sider us­ing a cool-mist hu­mid­i­fier in their nurs­ery or bed­room. It seems ob­vi­ous, but mois­ture in the air adds mois­ture to the skin.

Whether you use a mois­tur­is­ing baby cream, lo­tion or oil is re­ally down to pref­er­ence, but be sure to use a hy­poal­ler­genic for­mu­la­tion – baby’s skin is eas­ily ir­ri­tated by chem­i­cals, fra­grances and harsh de­ter­gents. If your tot has very dry skin, an oil-based mois­turiser is a good op­tion. Use your cho­sen mois­turiser straight af­ter the bath while their skin is still damp to lock in max­i­mum mois­ture and avoid an over­heated en­vi­ron­ment, as this will dry their skin out – ex­actly what you’re try­ing to avoid.

You might no­tice chapped, dry skin on your lit­tle one’s face and lips. Treat it the same way you would treat dry skin else­where on their lit­tle bod­ies – mois­turise, mois­turise, mois­turise! Ap­ply a hy­poal­ler­genic lo­tion or cream onto those chapped cheeks twice a day and use a baby-spe­cific lip balm for their lit­tle lips. If the prob­lem per­sists, talk to your health­care provider about a suit­able oint­ment or to rule out any other skin con­di­tion, for ex­am­ple eczema. lit­tle one if they’re hav­ing a fussy, grumpy day, but have you checked whether some of their cloth­ing is ir­ri­tat­ing their skin? A lot of chil­dren’s cloth­ing is in­cred­i­bly cute, but that doesn’t al­ways mean that it’s en­tirely prac­ti­cal. A lace edg­ing may look adorable on a baby­gro, but if it’s rub­bing against their neck, that could be all it takes to make a small per­son very mis­er­able. When you’re buy­ing, con­sider whether the seams are scratchy, whether the la­bels are stiff and might cause ir­ri­ta­tion and whether the trim and fin­ishes make the clothes at all re­strict­ing. Clothes made from 100 per­cent cot­ton are a good op­tion, be­cause they’re com­fort­able, last­ing and are easy to wash. And re­mem­ber to check your laun­dry wash­ing pow­der – ba­bies are far more sus­cep­ti­ble to chem­i­cal and fragrance ir­ri­tants. Us­ing a gen­tle, fragrance-free for­mula de­signed specif­i­cally for ba­bies will help avoid caus­ing un­nec­es­sary ir­ri­ta­tion, es­pe­cially in win­ter when more lay­ers of cloth­ing are re­quired. Re­mem­ber that ev­ery­thing they come into con­tact with, in­clud­ing cot sheets, blan­kets and tow­els should also be washed us­ing a baby-ap­pro­pri­ate de­ter­gent.

re­think bath time

Bathing your new­born can be quite a nerve-wrack­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, with a slip­pery, wrig­gly lit­tle baby in your wet hands. The good news is that in the first year, it re­ally isn’t nec­es­sary to bath them ev­ery day – in fact, this can dry out their del­i­cate skin, strip­ping it of its nat­u­ral, protective oils. If you’re chang­ing their wet and dirty nap­pies promptly,

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