Five Tips for Keeping Your Preemie’s Skin Safe in Winter

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Premature babies can sometimes have more difficulty with temperature regulation and skin issues than babies who aren’t preemies. Knowing what to do for your baby’s skin during cold winter weather can help immensely.

Pediatric Home Health Care Mansfield OH - Five Tips for Keeping Your Preemie’s Skin Safe in Winter

Pediatric Home Health Care Mansfield OH – Five Tips for Keeping Your Preemie’s Skin Safe in Winter

Bathe Sparingly with Soap-free Cleansers

Babies don’t get nearly as dirty as toddlers do, and as such they don’t need full baths every single day. When it is time for a bath, the water needs to be lukewarm rather than hot, for several reasons. First, you don’t want to risk scalding at all and second, lukewarm water is less drying to your baby’s skin than hot water is. Also, avoid soap-based cleansers as much as possible. Soap-free cleansers are far gentler on baby’s skin.

Use Lotions and Moisturizers

Lotions and moisturizers help to lock moisture into the skin. Babies don’t need highly fragranced lotions. In fact, the fewer chemicals and fragrances in your lotion of choice, the better. Apply lotion when the baby’s skin is still a little damp to help keep the skin soft and protected. Use thicker lotions when your baby’s skin is dryer. Thinner lotions are fine when the skin is already well-moisturized.

Bundle up Outdoors

Being outside in winter with the wind and the super cold air is not fun for anybody, but it can be especially difficult for your preemie. Layers are definitely the way to go but be careful because heat rash is still a potential problem. Check often to see if you need to add or remove layers to help keep your baby as comfortable as possible.

Check Temperatures Inside and Consider a Humidifier

It might be cold outside, but indoor air has its own issues for babies and their sensitive skin. If the temperature inside is too warm, that can cause your baby’s skin to dry out. One idea might be to consider using a humidifier or even keep a pan of water out on the counter to raise humidity levels just a little bit.

Skin Rashes and Eczema Are Common

Heat rash can lead to diaper rash and itchy skin in other areas, too. Another situation to watch for is eczema. Babies may be especially prone to developing patches of eczema in winter weather, with all the temperature changes and possible skin irritants at play. If you notice anything that looks serious, always talk to your baby’s doctor.

Caring for a preemie’s skin during brutally cold winter weather can be difficult, especially if eczema and other skin conditions flare up. Pediatric home health care providers can help you to manage all of those issues and they can offer respite assistance, too.

If you are considering Pediatric Home Health Care Services in Mansfield OH, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161.  Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Ontario and the surrounding areas.
About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.