Does winter cause dryness in your child’s skin? And you’re not in favour of using lotions and creams? Good news is that there are some home remedies that can treat dry skin, restore moisture and make your toddler’s skin soft and supple.
Reduce bath time
Taking a long time to bathe dries the skin. Being in water for an extended duration not only removes the dirt from the body but its natural oils as well. Don’t let your child in water for more than 10 minutes. Use warm water instead of hot water and it is advisable to use mild, fragrance-free soap. As soon as your child is done with bathing, pat them dry and apply moisturizer as soon as possible to lock water on the skin.
Use natural oils
One of the best remedies to treat dry skin of toddlers is to apply natural oils. Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer. It can help your child’s skin retain its moisture making the skin soft and supple. Similarly, almond oil is rich in vitamin E and also helps to moisturize the skin. Massage the oil a few hours before the bath or apply a little post bathing when the skin looks dry.
Aloe vera to the rescue
Have aloe vera plant at home? Good news! Aloe vera too is a natural moisturizer with antibacterial and antifungal properties. Cut a piece of aloe vera plant and extract the gel. Take a small amount of gel on your finger and rub it on the dry areas. Massage gently until it is absorbed in the skin. You can use aloe vera gel once or twice a day during winters.
Giving an oatmeal bath is a wonderful home remedy to treat your child’s dry skin. Grind oats it to a fine powder and add it to your toddler’s bath water. You may add coconut or almond oil to the water for better results. Allow it to stay in the water for 15 minutes. You may then bathe your child. Be cautious while bathing as oats can be slippery.