How to Protect Baby’s Skin in the Winter

Baby skin care is just as important as the skincare routine we use as moms and dads- plus, caring for your little one’s skin in the winter can be a challenge! Learning how to properly protect your baby’s skin in the winter is crucial as a baby’s skin is thin, making it more sensitive and prone to irritation.

Parents can become experts in preserving their baby’s supple skin by familiarizing themselves with the winter skin tips below- everything from preventing frostbite to using eczema formulated products to keep dry skin at bay!



Babies will lose body heat much faster than adults, making them more susceptible to frostbite. Any exposed skin is particularly vulnerable to frostbite, so make sure to pay close attention to body parts without covering and try not to stay out in the cold too long.

Properly dressing your baby for the cold will most likely prevent frostbite altogether. Dress your baby in layers; make sure your baby is wearing gloves, a hat, insulated shoes and a warm coat.

Another great way to allow your baby to experience the winter months without the harsh effects that can accompany it is to extend the rain guard on the stroller, which can act as a shield from the elements.

If you notice your baby’s skin developing a yellowish-gray color and that it feels very cold to the touch, your baby most likely has frostbite. Treat an area with frostbite by first warming your baby indoors. A good first step would be a warm bath or washcloth on the affected area until the skin color returns to normal.

If you have been treating the area with warm water for a period of time greater than one hour and have not seen the correct color return to your baby’s skin, seek immediate medical attention.

Heat Rash

Be mindful that even though the temps are low, dressing your baby in too many layers can cause heat rash. Cotton and fleece are great materials to use when dressing your baby in layers-you want clothing that is breathable while providing warmth.

The presence of small red bumps on your baby’s skin is a good indication your baby has developed heat rash. Applying a cream containing hydrocortisone to the affected area can easily reverse heat rash.


Eczema tends to run in families and is a condition of the skin that causes chronic itchiness. These itchy bumps are usually red in color and can cause quite a bit of irritation. Usually brought on by cool and dry air, eczema typically rears its ugly head in the winter months.

To prevent or alleviate the symptoms of eczema, keep your baby’s skin hydrated. When bathing your baby, use a mild cleanser and be sure to lather a cream or ointment to the skin immediately after the bath, which will aid in locking in the moisture.

Unfortunately, eczema cannot be cured, but you can prevent flare-ups from happening by keeping skin hydrated and using products specifically formulated to treat eczema such as tremotyx eczema treatment for one example. If you notice that your baby’s condition is not improving, though, it might be time for a visit to the pediatrician.

Even if your baby is not prone to eczema, developing a habit of keeping your baby hydrated by using lotions or ointments after bath time will shield your baby from a host of issues that winter usually brings with it like chapped and dry skin.

Cradle Cap
In newborns, cradle cap is a common occurrence that makes its appearance when the oil glands in the scalp are running on overdrive. You’ll know your baby has developed this condition when you notice yellowy dry scales on your baby’s head and behind their ears.

To lessen the issue, use olive oil to carefully massage your baby’s head. Next, take a soft bristle baby’s brush and carefully comb out the dead skin. Finish the process by using a mild shampoo to wash your baby’s scalp. Don’t worry if you’ve been struggling with cradle cap for a while; babies tend to grow out of cradle cap naturally when they reach approximately 6-8 months.

With these tried and true skincare tips, you can ensure that your baby’s skin will stay healthy and soft, even during exposure to winter’s harsh elements.

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