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Longer, warmer days are one of the best parts of summer, but they can also wreak havoc on sensitive skin. From dry skin to irritation and eczema flares, the heat can affect the skin health of the whole family – including babies. Thankfully, there are some simple ways – starting with a nourishing natural baby body lotion – that can keep your baby’s skin soft and soothed all summer long. Read on for our top tips.
When the weather gets hotter, the body’s mechanism for cooling down is to sweat. This loss of moisture can lead to dry and irritated skin. And though babies don’t sweat as much as adults, they can still be affected.
Babies are born with more delicate skin than adults. In fact, it’s around 20% thinner due to smaller cells and thinner collagen fibres. It’s this structural difference that makes baby skin more sensitive to changes in the environment. It also loses moisture more quickly.
Other environmental factors can disturb the natural balance of your baby’s skin in summer. These include spending a lot of time in air-conditioned spaces, swimming in chlorinated water, or spending time at the beach where the skin may be exposed to sunlight, salt water and sand.
Making a few changes to the way you care for your baby’s skin during summer could make all the difference. These are simple changes that can be made with the whole family for soft, hydrated skin this summer!
If your baby has not experienced dry skin before now, you may not have a daily skincare routine, but now’s the time to start one - and then keep it all year round!
Start with a natural baby body lotion that is filled with gentle and nourishing ingredients that will replenish moisture and protect the skin. Natural ingredients like Aloe vera, Kakadu plum, fresh goat’s milk, calendula, and shea butter are known to hydrate and promote skin health. Natural baby lotions like Bubba Organics Kakadu Plum & Marshmallow Moisture Lotion are suitable for use with the entire family, making it a great solution for families with skin sensitivities and dryness.
By keeping the skin comfortably moisturised every day, you’ll minimise the chance of your baby scratching dry, itchy skin. It’s this scratching – often occurring at night when you’re unaware – that can lead to further irritation and inflammation.
Babies, just like us, get thirstier in warmer weather. So, whether your baby is breast or bottle fed, offer more frequent feeds during summer to keep them well hydrated.
Tight clothes can cause irritation in hotter weather by preventing airflow so be sure to keep your baby dressed in looser clothes made of naturally soft and breathable fabrics. Look for organic cotton clothes and wraps. Hemp, linen and silk are also suitable and less likely to cause friction on the skin.
Keep baby’s clothes simple – no harsh dyes, no synthetic fabrics. Prioritising comfort over fashion is the best way to avoid irritation and overheating.
The older your baby gets, the more likely it is that they’ll enjoy bath time and want to stay in for longer. However, long, extra-warm baths are quite dehydrating for delicate skin. Aim for around 5 minutes and no longer than 10.
Avoid soaps and highly fragranced bubble bath. These can be irritating to your bub’s skin. Try a natural baby wash instead. Always follow up bath time by applying a natural baby body lotion to slightly damp skin. This helps lock in moisture.
If you’ll be spending any amount of time outdoors, it’s important to be sun smart to keep your baby’s skin well protected. Keep your baby out of direct sunlight as much as possible, and always use sunscreen and a sunhat.
If your baby’s skin is very dry, try applying natural baby lotion three times a day. It may seem time-consuming, but some babies really need that extra moisture to protect and support their sensitive skin, especially during the summer months. Pay particular attention to the backs of knees, the elbow creases and under baby’s chin as these places can be prone to eczema.
If your baby has patches of dry, irritated or infected skin that don’t seem to be improving, a visit to your GP or paediatrician can help you determine the next course of action to take.