Does winter make baby eczema worse? The answer is yes. The youngest, most sensitive skin will react even more severely to the lows of winter: low temperature and low humidity. Many parents engage in the continual battle to fight winter eczema in babies and find it to be relentless. Never-ending.
Though it may appear anywhere on the body, eczema in winter on the hands and face are exceedingly common. As babies tend to drool on both of these areas, the skin is already primed for a flare-up.
A comprehensive programme, addressing the elements under a parent’s control, can be used to care for eczema in winter time. The elements to control include: temperature, humidity, moisturisers, clothing, and infection.
Hopes Relief has prepared 10 tips to assist you in managing eczema in winter.
- Do not use hot water in your child’s bath. The hot water will aggravate winter eczema rash. Use water which is lukewarm or tepid, just warm enough to make your baby comfortable.
- Make sure baby’s room is not too hot. The hot air will make the room very dry, which will worsen the winter eczema. Additionally, when baby enters into a cooler environment, the skin will react with the temperature changes.
- Avoid sudden changes in temperature. Going for a shop or visit? Try to unbundle baby at the first opportunity. If baby sweats underneath all those layers, the skin will be primed for even more irritation.
- Dress your child in natural fibres, if possible. Synthetics might serve to irritate the skin. But avoid wool, as this material may be itchy even for the toughest of skin.
- Use mittens, if possible, made of cotton. Eczema in winter on hands can be made worse by the irritating, coarse fabric of synthetic mittens.
- Make sure baby is not sitting in moist clothes, from the cold, wet outdoors. This sort of moisture on the skin will worsen winter eczema rash.
- Make sure baby is hydrated. Easy to remember during the hot summer, but just as important during the winter. Managing eczema in winter is easier when baby has an adequate intake of milk. (Remember: it’s generally safe to give baby tiny tastes of water when you start introducing solids, but beforehand stick to breast milk or formula.)
- Wash yourself clean when you’re sick. Avoid the transmission of staph or other bacteria to baby’s skin, as skin with winter eczema rash is more prone to becoming infected.
- Don’t forget about irritation on the scalp. Baby’s skin may also be prone to rash on the head.
- Above all else, take care to choose the best eczema cream for young, sensitive skin: Hope’s Relief, a natural product you can feel comfortable using—it’s Australia’s #1 choice for eczema treatment, year-round.
Learn more about Hope’s Relief and take the most important step in managing baby’s eczema in winter!