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We love taking our bub out and about in summer but it’s crucial to protect your baby’s skin, especially during the warmer months.

Let’s look at the common skin conditions that can affect your baby, particularly during summer:

Sunburn

A baby’s skin is delicate and thin, so it can easily get damaged by the sun. Not only can this be painful but it also increases the risk of melanoma for the future.

How To Treat Sunburn on A Baby’s Skin

If your baby does get sunburned, the first step is to wet a clean washcloth and apply this to your baby’s skin for around 10 minutes. Repeat at least three or four times during the day, until the redness subsides. Then apply a moisturiser, specially formulated for babies, to soothe the skin. I find that using AVEENO® Baby Dermexa Moisturising Cream really works to reduce the appearance of redness, helping to restore the skin barrier and put dry, uncomfortable skin at ease. This cream is specially formulated for eczema-prone skin so it is a great choice if your bub tends to suffer from eczema.

If your baby is younger than one year, it is best to get them checked over by a doctor if they get sunburned.

Heat Rash

As the name suggests, heat rashes often occur during the hot summer months. This usually presents as tiny red bumps on your baby’s face, neck and arms, and chest. The rash, which is caused by blocked sweat gland pores, can be uncomfortable and tends to be itchy.

How To Treat Heat Rash

The best way to cool your baby down is with a lukewarm bath. It’s best to use a wash that is specifically developed for baby’s sensitive skin. I find that AVEENO® Baby Dermexa Wash, which is formulated with natural colloidal oatmeal and oat extract plus ceramides, works to gently cleanse without drying skin. Also, it’s a great choice if your baby is prone to eczema as this wash soothes dry, itchy skin and helps to improve the appearance of redness and scaling. It also has no added parabens or phthalates and is fragrance and dye-free.

The rash will usually fade after a couple of days but go see your doctor if you’re concerned or if the rash is getting worse.

Insect Bites

Bugs are unfortunately synonymous with summer and it’s quite common for babies to get bites from mosquitoes or other insects.

How to treat insect bites in babies

It’s best to wash the affected area with mild soap and water. If your baby is prone to eczema, avoid the soap and instead use AVEENO® Baby Dermexa Wash, which has been developed for baby’s sensitive skin. Wet a clean washcloth and apply this to the bite to reduce any swelling or redness.

If your baby reacts with signs of allergy (such as severe swelling, breathing difficulty or itching), it’s best to seek medical help immediately.

Now let’s look at the top ways to protect your baby’s skin from the heat.

Use Sunscreen

If your baby is six months or older, be sure to apply a baby-safe sunscreen all over your bub’s body (SPF 30 or higher and preferably waterproof). Be careful to avoid their eyes and make sure you apply regularly, especially after water play.

For younger babies (less than 6 months), it’s best to protect your baby’s skin from the sun by keeping them in the shade and covering them with clothes.

Get Shady

One of the best ways to protect your baby’s skin from the sun is not to expose them to direct sunlight, especially during the height of the day’s heat. Try to stay inside when the sun is at its hottest – usually between 10am and 4pm. It’s best to keep your baby indoors during this time and schedule your outdoor play outside of the peak sunshine periods.

Moisturise

Make sure you are regularly moisturising your baby’s skin with products specifically formulated for baby’s sensitive skin. Exposure to the sun can dry out your bub’s skin so it’s crucial to keep the skin supple and moisturised. We love the AVEENO® Baby range and since my child is prone to eczema, I always pick the AVEENO® Baby Dermexa Moisturising Cream. This cream is formulated with naturally active Triple Oat Complex plus ceramides and soothes your baby’s dry, itchy skin, and is clinically proven suitable for eczema prone skin. I always apply moisturiser to my baby’s skin after their bath and try to moisturise more regularly if I can.

Give the Sling A Miss

In really hot weather, I find that my baby sweats a lot if I use the sling or carrier. Your body heat plus the lack of ventilation is a sweltering combination. So when the heat is on, cut down the time your baby spends in the carrier or sling.

Regular Baths

I find one of the best ways to keep baby cool, is to give them a regular bath in lukewarm water. Avoid cleansing products that contain soap and rather opt for a wash like AVEENO®Baby Dermexa Wash which works to gently cleanse without drying skin. It also soothes dry, itchy skin, and is clinically proven suitable for eczema-prone skin.

After the bath, remember to moisturise your baby’s skin thoroughly.

Cool Clothes

Dress your baby in a hat with a wide brim and lightweight clothes made of tightly-woven fabric to cover as much skin as possible. Long-sleeved clothes are fine as long as the material is made of a natural light-weight fabric.

The AVEENO® Baby Range is available at pharmacies such as Chemist Warehouse as well as Grocery stores such as Coles and Woolworths.

What are your tips to protect your baby’s skin from the sun? Tell us in the comments below.

The team at Mouths of Mums is working with AVEENO® to bring you this article. For more than 70 years, AVEENO® has pioneered innovation and leveraged science to deliver real skincare benefits. AVEENO® believes that skincare can play a bigger role in helping children living life to the fullest. AVEENO® products help to protect, nourish and give lasting comfort to baby’s sensitive skin, so they can happily experience the world around them. The AVEENO® portfolio offers solutions for every type of baby skin, even the most compromised one, and the Dermexa range is suitable for eczema-prone skin.

  • Great tips, I always use UV protected clothing and shade. Limiting sun exposure to early and late in the day

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  • Using full sleeve clothes , sun screen and less sun exposure

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  • Avoid being out in the sun between 10am and 3pm. Avoid being out in the sun on super hot days. Sunblock, clothes, shade and lots to drink.

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  • When my youngest was a baby she burned one day very bad whilst being in the shade all day ! The sun reflected on the bricks and burned her skin.
    Last Monday we went to the beach and I smeared her with factor 50 sunscreen; her face however burned anyway so much so she had the blisters on her nose and her skin was oozing liquid. 4 days later now she has a scab on her nose (probably it’s not helping she touches and scratches it all the time sometimes till it bleeds.
    I’ve been using Aloe Vera gel to cool it down.

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  • Such good and helpful tips everyone needs to know and use. Thanks

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  • We love the ideas in here. Would also be interested in trying the Aveeno products for a child with sensitive skin. We ensure to not put him out in the heat too much but their definitely has to be a balance.

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  • Great post! So many helpful tips. Definitely need to try the Aveeno Dermexa moisturiser on my Bubs eczema

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  • Very handy tips for any age too

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  • And do not apply talcum powder!

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  • These are really great tips. I’m also going to try out that Aveeno product you wrote about.

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  • Some great tips and excellent tips from others comments. Having fair skin I always slip, slop, slap. With the hot summer months we always take precautions and try remain in the shade where possible, hats are a must and we leave several spares around so they don’t get forgotten, one in car, one in Dads car, one at Nanna’s house….I have lost count of how many hats we have!

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  • Make sure that if in the shade, there is no reflective sunlight to cause sun burn to your baby.

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  • Skin is a ongoing battle with my kids, thanks for the list

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  • My boy has had eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis since he was little. The first appearance looked like a blister on his upper thigh, a good few finger under his nappy. But doctors just kept telling me it was nappy rash and to just use nappy cream. So it spread. It wasn’t till he was 3.5yrs that they finally took it seriously and by then nothing was working. Still always best to get everything checked out and keep doing so. My eldest is also allergic to mozzie bites, they are larger and stick around much longer. Hard to tell if she has bites or spots

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  • I always had my girls in rashies with a hat & sunscreen on when they were toddlers if out at the beach etc. As babies I didn’t take them out in the sun I didn’t see the need to until they could walk and actually enjoy it.

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