Weather is crazy around the country and those cold temps continue. It was in the 80s this past weekend in Dallas but heading to the 20s this week!This really cold and dry winter has been hard on skin and I have seen more babies like this one who are coming in due to having “red cheeks”.
These precious little red cheeks are just dry and chapped. The toddler set seems be particularly affected as they are always getting their faces wiped!! Between those winter runny noses which parents are constantly having to wipe and the wiping of faces after finger foods have been “smeared” from cheek to cheek, a toddler’s face gets lots of wear and tear.
While it would seem that water on the face from lots of washing would be hydrating, it is actually not. At this time of year, a little less face washing is beneficial, but what toddler can go for more than an hour or so without having something washed off their face.
So to counteract all of the dryness requires lots of hydration with moisturizers. Right after washing, wiping your child’s face you need to use a thick moisturizer. You cannot over moisturize your child during this time of year. I am a fan of Cerave Cream and Aquaphor. I often use Cerave (cream is thicker than the lotion) during the day and then lather on Aquaphor at bedtime!! The thick moisturizer helps hold the water into the skin. I was even known to rub Aquaphor on my own’s childrens’ faces once they were asleep, so they were not tempted to rub it off!!
Don’t worry, once the weather warms up, the heat is off and the humidity starts those rosy little cheeks will fade away....unless that is you don’t use sunscreen, but that is another blog!!