As much as I appreciate the recent good weather we’ve had, it’s definitely not been easy keeping Charlie cool. I’m also very conscious that I need to protect his young, delicate skin from the sun. If he were my only child it’d be easy to hide indoors on the hottest days but with three older siblings he’s had to tag along to sports days, leaving parties, and the daily school run.
Charlie had terrible eczema on his face until recently so I’ve been wary about using sunscreen but there have been many occasions when we’ve had no choice. His eczema has also meant that I’ve had to be careful not just with sunscreen but also with all skincare products. When he was first born the skin around his mouth literally peeled off his face. We now think it was an allergy to lanolin in the nipple cream I was using which is in a LOT of skincare products.
When Charlie was born I fully intended to use water and cotton wool when changing his nappy as I had done with my older children, but with such a busy household it soon became an extra task we could do without so I tried WaterWipes instead. They caused him no problems and kept his skin clean and nappy rash free. They were super handy in those hectic newborn days, and so much easier than cotton wool and water. I always had a pack by my side and really wish I’d found them when my older children were babies.
Did you know WaterWipes are the only wipe made using 99.9% water and a drop of grapefruit seed extract, which is a natural skin conditioner with anti-microbial properties?
Throughout July, WaterWipes have partnered up with a child dermatologist to highlight the importance of protecting baby skin throughout the summer months. Child dermatologist, Dr Wilkinson, has provided some fantastic top tips for keeping a baby cool in summer.
- Keep babies under 6 months in the shade. Did you know sun cream is not tested on babies under 6 months and so shouldn’t be used?
- Dress babies in loose clothing. They have immature sweat ducts, which are more likely to get blocked, and so more prone to prickly heat.
- Wash off chlorine or sand in the shower as soon as you can and apply a moisturiser to the skin, this is especially important if your baby is prone to eczema.
- Babies are exposed to more potential skin irritants than usual in summer time, such as seawater, sand, sweat and chlorine. Remember to use tried and tested products at this time.
- Dry skin thoroughly after swimming or changing nappies to reduce the risk of nappy rash.
My top tips for keeping a baby cool in summer
Keep windows open if you can or buy a fan to keep air circulating around the home.
If your baby is old enough offer them plenty of water.
If you have to go out on a hot day, seek shade wherever possible.
Do you have any tips to share?
97% of midwives believe WaterWipes are suitable for use on the skin of newborn babies, and why WaterWipes are the only baby wipe to be approved by Allergy UK and the National Eczema Association of America.
Post in collaboration with Tots100 and WaterWipes