Don’t Hide Away With Baby in Winter: Tips for Outside Trips

 

There’s been a definite dip in the weather, I’ve found, and it won’t be long before we’re back in the throes of the colder months. With the change of season comes blustery days, but don’t let this stop you from taking your newborn baby outside in these conditions. Dress them up right so that they are comfortable for the entire trip and bear a few simple things in mind. Here are some aspects to consider:

 

Wind does not cause ear infections

Commonly believed but not true. Having a baby out in the wind will not result in them getting an ear infection. The location of an ear infection is found behind the ear drum, way back in the inner ear. This means that external exposure like wind or even water will not affect this area.

Risk factors that you do need to bear in mind instead is their age (ear infections are prominent in children aged between six months and two years old), family history, exposure to smoke and to a small effect, the use of a dummy.

 

Feeling cold? Your baby will be colder

Now that we have that myth out of the way, it’s time to cover some facts. First of all, heading outside with your baby right away is fine if you’d like to. However, many paediatricians advise that you keep newborns away from crowded places due to germs being prevalent in such locations. It’s best to delay that trip to a shopping centre, supermarket or a restaurant with your baby by a few months then!

Furthermore, Ed Glasser, M.D., F.A.A.P., clinical associate professor of paediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, has pointed out to Fit Pregnancy And Baby: “Infants lose about 50 per cent of their heat from their heads.”

Do remember that not only do babies cool down a lot quicker than adults, it is also more difficult for them to generate heat once they have lost it so the need to protect them when it’s cold outside becomes very important.

Some general rules of thumb to bear in mind is to dress your baby in one more layer than you’re going to be wearing when venturing outside, ensure they are wearing both thermal and waterproof layers to protect them from the weather elements, and checking that their fingers, toes, ears, nose and chin are all covered but that they can still breathe easily.

It’s best to only plan on being outside for short periods of time with your baby when it’s cold and windy, as well as heading inside as soon as your newborn looks uncomfortable and you’re unable to shield them from the blustery conditions.

 

The effects of windy weather on a baby’s skin

Not unlike adults, cold and dry air can cause issues to your baby’s tender skin as the harsher conditions run the risk of sapping precious moisture and leaving their rosy cheeks feeling leathery and wind-burned.

Hands and feet are particularly prime target areas when there’s a chill in the air. Protecting their fingers with a snug pair of mittens and ensuring their feet are nice and snug by enhancing your buggy, pram or pushchair with some Cosytoes is a practical and stylish way of keeping them snug and warm in inclement weather.

Also, ensure you change your infant’s mittens or socks with a fresh pair immediately if they get wet as otherwise skin (and baby) will become irritated. Applying some baby moisturising cream as soon as you spot any dry spots on your baby’s skin will also keep them happy and healthy.

 

 

 

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