Melting marshmellows over the open fireplace, slipping my feet into my favourite hot pink ugg boots, the smell of a yummy casserole in the oven and… my toddlers’ eczema flaring up. These are just a few things I’m thinking of as winter is approaching and yes winter eczema is very much on my mind.
Why does eczema get worse in winter?
Winter brings cold, dry air and this makes it hard for your baby’s skin to keep the moisture in. So it is even more likely that your baby’s skin will become dry, itchy and irritated. Winter also means in and out of warm heating to outside windy weather. Going from warm to cold shocks your baby’s skin which can lead to a winter eczema flare up.
Managing my baby’s winter eczema
These are a few things which I do to help manage my toddler’s winter eczema …
- moisturise, moisturise, moisturise
I moisturise their skin first thing in the morning and straight after our itchy baby bath soak. I also carry around a small tub of moisturiser with me so I can use it if we are out in the middle of the day. If it’s a daycare day I pack their moisturiser in their bag and ask their kindy teacher to apply it on their face, arms and legs at least once in the day and twice if they are spending time playing outside.
- use a humidifier
Using a cool-mist humidifier will keep the air moist and helps to stop your baby’s skin getting dry. This really helps to manage the dryer air in our house. I use one in their bedroom and one in the main area where they play. It’s important to keep the filter clean of mould and dust.
- avoid any known eczema triggers
If you know of things which make your baby’s eczema symptoms worse be extra careful to avoid them. Being too hot definitely affects my toddler so I try to avoid using the heating in the car. I also try to only put my toddler in cotton clothes and layer him up rather than wearing heavy woollen fabrics which irritate his sensitive skin. Any little thing which you can do to avoid a flare up is especially important in dry weather.
And before we know it winter and winter eczema will be over and next we will be managing our baby’s eczema in summer and trying to avoid too much sun and getting too hot. But let’s talk about this in a few months time!
This blog post was brought to you and your baby with love from Julia and the itchy baby co. team x
Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional.