Caring For Your Child's Skin and Lips in Winter
Harsh winter weather can take a toll on your child’s lips and skin. Cold, dry outdoor air and indoor heating can rob your child’s lips and skin of their natural moisture and cause uncomfortable dryness and chapping.
To protect your child from winter-related discomforts, follow these tips from the American Academy of Dermatology:
- Increase the moisture: Keep the air in your home moist with a humidifier.
- Don’t lick: The constant wetting and drying that occurs with licking quickly causes chapped lips.
- Cover your face: In the winter, especially on windy days, make sure your child is covered by a scarf or hat that covers his or her lips.
- Use lip balm and sunscreen on your child’s lips and skin: Because the sun can cause chapped lips and make already chapped lips worse, use a lip balm that contains sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher on your child’s body, even on cloudy days.
- Wash your child with gentle, fragrance-free cleansers and soaps.
- Apply liberal amounts of moisturizer to your child’s skin after bathing.
- Exercise extra caution around snow which can reflect the damaging rays of the sun and increase the chance of sunburn.
Learn more about caring for your child’s skin from the American Academy of Dermatology. Have questions? Phone 508.535.DERM (3376) to schedule an appointment with one of our Board certified dermatologists.