Managing young children’s skin in winter can be as important as the same thing during the summer months.
Managing young children’s skin in winter – why is it necessary?
There are many reasons why you’ll need to keep an eye on your children’s skin.
OK, in summer the big one is usually seen as protection from the sun – and rightly so. However, even that can’t be ignored in winter. Children can get burned in winter too, so don’t forget entirely about it because it is cooler.
The big risk is more commonly dry skin. Surprisingly enough, colder weather can be very drying even if it feels damp and miserable, with the wind being the chief culprit. Children’s lips are a particular risk and should be protected with suitable salves where required.
Another problem can arrive with the much-dreaded “chaps”.
This is related to the “chapped” of chapped lips. The word “chap” in this context goes back to 14th century English and means a crack in the skin caused by dryness and colder temperatures combined, usually, with the wind.
It can affect anyone but is most commonly found on sensitive skin areas of children. Younger children in short trousers and skirts can be particularly vulnerable around the sensitive areas above the knee. It also strikes around the mouth and sometimes the ears.
Chaps can be very sore and distressing for anyone – particularly toddlers and younger children.
Finally, fungal infections can sometimes be an added issue in damper cooler weather. Keep an eye on areas between toes, fingers, around the ears, bottoms and of course, around genitals.
Top tips for managing young children’s skin in winter
To avoid your children suffering from skin problems due to winter conditions:
- don’t ignore sunblocks. Even in winter, on some days the sun might still be strong for delicate skin;
- keep the skin areas exposed to winds well moisturised. There are many products around, just make sure you choose one suitable for very delicate skin and approved for younger children’s use. Be very careful to check it is suitable for very sensitive areas like lips or bottoms if you plan to use it there;
- if it’s a chillier and windy day, it might be sensible to keep your child in long trousers rather than shorts and skirts;
- when they’ve been out and come back in wet, make sure any exposed skin areas are dried off and again, use some moisturising product;
- as mentioned above, lips are perhaps the most commonly and easily affected area with chaps, so use a child-friendly salve in advance of going out;
- finally, if they’ve come in with some wet clothes or just some damp patches, change them quickly. In summer, clothes dry out fast but in cooler temperatures, wet clothes drying against sensitive skin isn’t a great idea.
Don’t forget though, encourage your child to experience and enjoy winter – not to hide from it!