5 Tips on Keeping Baby’s Skin Soft During Winter

12/04/2014 at 10:00 AM ET

Old man winter can be a little … well, cold at times — especially when it comes to your baby’s soft skin.

Between the bitter temps and dry air, it’s usually not long before parents start noticing a few pesky dry patches on their little ones — and immediately break out their stash of beloved lotions.

But soothing mini massages aren’t the only way to pamper your pint-sized cutie this winter.

Luckily, we’ve tapped board-certified dermatologist and founder of infant skincare line, Baby PibuDr. Amy Kim, to share five quick tips and tricks on keeping your little one’s skin feeling hydrated and happy all season long.

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1. Bathe your baby – A common myth is that you shouldn’t bathe children with eczema. However, clean skin is less prone to infections and other germs. Keep baths short (less than five minutes) using lukewarm water and a gentle, ph-balanced soap.

2. Moisturize your baby – Eczema is all about dry skin, so moisture is critical to protecting the skin barrier. After bath time, pat your baby dry to reserve some of the water and then moisturize head to toe. Repeat in the morning as well, using a lubricant like the Hydrating Ointment ($16.50).

3. Bump up the moisture – At the first sign of any dry skin or even sensitive skin, bump up your baby’s moisturizer from a cream to a hydrating ointment.

Ointments have at least 80 percent oil in their composition and are the most effective at preventing water loss from the skin. A trick to making ointments feel less greasy is to apply them to skin that is still damp.

4. Treat your baby – If you see signs of eczema, increase the regimen, using an allover moisturizer at least twice a day. Soothe the affected areas with an added treatment such as with Baby Pibu’s Hydrating Ointment.

5. Ask for help – As parents, we want to think that we can fix everything for our baby, but even parents need help. If the symptoms don’t subside, contact your doctor.

Sometimes, a corticosteroid – a good steroid that the body produces naturally – can ease the inflammation and irritation.

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Ryan Johnson on

Dr. Kim’s statement about that corticosteroids being natural and safe to use on a baby is irresponsible. I have a young family relative going through topical steroid withdrawal and it is horrible. Any reputable source will tell you to never use steroids on a baby, including the National Eczema Association. This whole article is nothing but an advertisement. Babies don’t need commercial products for their skin at all. If dry, simply use something natural and cheap such as sunflower or coconut oil.