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Winterproofing your baby

Stéphanie Tingman, cosmetician at Brunet Lafontaine and Brunet in St-Jérôme Comments

As colder weather sets in, we need to make a whole slew of adjustments. It’s true for everyone, including babies. Here are some tips to keep your baby healthy, safe, and comfy all winter long.

Newborns, of course, are more delicate and vulnerable than we are. To prevent the string of illnesses – colds, bronchiolitis, otitis, angina, and gastro – to which infants are prone in cold weather, you need to take a number of precautions. Here are five of them.

Keep cold at bay

Rule number one: always keep in mind that an infant’s skin is much more fragile than your own. You won’t feel the cold as keenly as your baby, which is something you need to remember when dressing her.

A baby’s pink skin isn’t just pretty – it’s also very delicate. Exposure to cold weather can irritate your baby’s skin and lead to rashes, dryness and even eczema.

Be sure to clothe your little one in several layers and don’t leave any part of her body exposed to the cold air. Use scarves, hats, gloves.

Hydrate

Dry skin is more vulnerable to various infections. After your child’s bath in the evening and before going outdoors in the morning, apply a generous layer of cream. Ask for advice in store to find out what products are best suited for your child.

Ventilate your home

The air in our homes isn’t as clean as we might think. Our everyday activities – use of sprays, cooking, heating, moisture from bathrooms and the laundry room, and even our breathing – release particles into the air that may in the long run have an adverse effect on babies’ health.

Open your windows for a good ten minutes every day to clear the air.

Keeping the temperature at the right level

In winter, out of concern for baby’s comfort, we tend to overheat our homes. That’s a mistake. The temperature should not exceed 20°C or 21°C. Excess heating not only dehydrates skin, it irritates airways, making baby more likely to catch colds and other conditions.

Don’t spread your germs!

Do you have a cold? Every kiss and hug is an opportunity to spread germs. If you have a cold, wash your hands regularly and replace kisses with air-kisses.

Winter is a wonderful season – you can make the most of it with a few simple precautions.

For you, I suggest

  • Cold cream  Avène
  • Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm Nuxe Rêve de Miel

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