5 Tips to Protect Baby’s Skin in Spring & Summer

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We’ve had a tough few months being cooped up indoors, waiting for Spring to finally arrive with the sun and warm weather. Our boys can never get enough of outdoor activities like exploring nature, splashing around with water, and simply running around to burn off energy. They just need that time outside to be kids!

So we’re thrilled that the days are finally getting longer and the sun is starting to shine.

But with all the change of seasons, comes more allergens in the air and higher temperatures that can cause skin irritations in little ones.

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And with a newborn joining the family, I’m even more cautious when it comes to spending time outdoors and protecting baby’s delicate skin.

My boys suffer from mild eczema — usually showing signs of dry skin that can be treated with organic lotions and creams. But I don’t just like to treat those symptoms, I like to prevent them altogether.

We always make it a point to look for hypoallergenic products that will come into contact with their skin. Everything from lotions to fabrics that they wear! And Dreft, the no. 1 baby detergent recommended by pediatricians is one of our favorites, with it’s gentle, hypoallergenic formula perfect for little ones!

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Dr. Hes, a mom and medical director of Gramercy Pediatrics, knows this all too well and offers tips on how to keep baby comfortable during this allergen season.

Protect your baby's delicate skin from allergens and skin irritants as the weather gets warmer. Tips you can use in Spring and Summer, from a pediatrician. #DreftSpring #PGPartner adTips for Protecting Baby’s Skin from Seasonal Irritants

1.  Shade the sun

When spending more time outside, don’t forget to keep baby’s skin safe:

  • Babies 6 months+: If your baby is 6 months or older, liberally use sunscreen, reapplying often! Also, avoid exposing your baby to the sun during peak hours — generally 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Don’t forget to dress your baby in protective clothing like a hat with a brim and sunglasses.
  • Babies younger than 6 months: Younger babies should be kept out of direct sunlight. Dress them in protective clothing and shielding them with light covers works well.

2. Make bath time beneficial

Did you know that over exposure to water can actually rob skin of natural moisture? That’s why it’s actually okay to scale back on bath time. This will help avoid the resulting itch — which is important for kids with eczema! About 10 minutes is plenty of time for water play and a quick scrub. Remember to use warm water (vs. hot) and leave the suds to the very end. Add a mild cleanser to keep skin soft and itch-free. Gently pat skin dry and moisturize with lotion to protect baby’s soft skin.

3. Load up on liquids

Hydration during the spring and summer months is important as baby gets more active outdoor time and sun exposure. Give kids water throughout the day. Infants should nurse or take a bottle often; older kids should tote a sippy cup or reusable water bottle. Include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and smoothies in your child’s diet too.

4. Choose the right fabrics and care for them properly.

When it comes to fabrics, it’s so important to choose gentle and hypoallergenic items to care for the items that touch baby’s sensitive skin. It’s also essential that fabrics be cared for properly. Wash baby items with a specially-formulated product such as Dreft, the #1 baby laundry detergent choice of pediatricians to be gentle and hypoallergenic on baby’s skin.

5. Protect Problem Skin

Heat is a common trigger for eczema, as the weather warms up, you can do a few things to prevent those flare ups and skin irritations. Shield baby from the sun’s direct rays during peak hours (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.). Parents can also download apps to track the hottest part of the day to help structure play  time outings!

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  1. Erika W. says:

    My favorite thing to do in the spring time is to go to the beach and look for shells with the kids.

  2. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    My Favorite Spring Time Activity Is Kite Flying.

  3. We like to go on picnics.

  4. We love to go to the park to play.

  5. Mami2jcn says:

    I like to take strolls with my baby.

  6. Jessica says:

    I love taking my daughters to the zoo.

  7. Julie Wood says:

    We like to ride our bikes and take a lunch and have a picnic in the park!

  8. Kelly D says:

    My kids and I like to go on nature walks.

  9. HS kraftmaking says:

    We love gardening and biking.

  10. we like to swing in the park

  11. Lisa Brown says:

    I like to take the kids to the park with the dogs to enjoy the day and have some fun.

  12. Janet W. says:

    My favorite spring time activity to do with my grandsons is blowing bubbles and making artwork with sidewalk chalk!

  13. Ellie Wright says:

    I like to take my granddaughter to the local park with a pond to feed the ducks.

  14. Stephanie Phelps says:

    We love to walk around the lake and feed the ducks!

  15. Dawn Monroe says:

    I like taking my grandkids on nature walks, bike riding and picnics.

  16. I love going to the farms to visit the baby goats, lambs, ducks, and ponies. And also berry picking!!

  17. Jessica Beard says:

    I love to go on bike rides/stroller rides with my little ones.

  18. Taylor Closet says:

    Take them to the park.

  19. Jessica To says:

    I like to play corn hole with my son.

  20. We love visiting local playgrounds and parks.

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  21. shelly peterson says:

    We like to go to the park to play.

  22. Steve Weber says:

    My favorite thing to do is walk around in the garden.

  23. Thomas Murphy says:

    we like to go for bike rides.

  24. carol clark says:

    we go biking and we play baseball

  25. Jennifer Marie says:

    We love going on bike rides.

  26. Laurajj says:

    Oh our favorite is to take a walk to the park and swing!!!

  27. Lee Mckeon says:

    We love to hike and bike the local trails!

  28. We have a nice park nearby with swings, etc. It’s so convenient and the kids run around like crazy.

  29. Jessica N says:

    We love to go on long walks to enjoy the scenery and learn about nature!

  30. kim kihega says:

    I love taking the kids to the park!

  31. We love going to the park.

  32. Laura m says:

    Going for walks!

  33. Betsy Barnes says:

    When my son was little, we loved visiting our local playground. There is an area that has a playground called the Tot Lot. It was his favorite place! 🙂

  34. Kayaking and bbq with family.. and i also love to play with my kids in park .

  35. Stefanie Gladden says:

    we love to go on walks to the park!

  36. Ashley C says:

    We love to work in the garden!

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  37. Mary Cloud says:

    I like to take my kids to the Zoo in the Spring

  38. Caroline B says:

    We like to go to the pool

  39. Tabathia B says:

    I like to take my daughter to the park

  40. Kristen says:

    We love to go camping this time of year.

  41. Harmony B says:

    my boys love the park and boardwalk

  42. Taking my kids to the zoo

  43. Natalie says:

    My daughter and I love to go to the zoo to see the animals in the spring! We also love to go for walks and bike rides in the spring.

  44. Sarah Sobocinski says:

    Just getting outside and playing with the outdoor toys.

  45. Riding our bikes at the park

  46. Bridgett Wilbur says:

    I love to take the little ones to the local play ground.

  47. Kim Henrichs says:

    Getting outside!! To the beach for walks and to the park definitely.

  48. Emily Smith says:

    We love playing at the park near our house.

  49. Em Mahr says:

    We love to play in the swimming pool and “help” daddy in the yard and garden

  50. Bridgett Wilbur says:

    I like taking the kids to the local playground to play.

  51. Kaitlin says:

    We love going to the Zoo, park, pool, and the beach!

  52. Melissa Moore says:

    We love to go to the park.

  53. Amanda Healey says:

    I love to take my daughter on stroller walks to the library! There is a big park on the way there that she loves to stop at 🙂

  54. lupita m says:

    I like to go with my kids to the zoo.

  55. Evie B. says:

    We like riding bicycles through the neighborhood.

  56. James Robert says:

    We like working in the garden and going to the parks

  57. Maria Beas says:

    My favorite spring activity that I enjoy doing with my children is to go to the nearest park and play some fun activities. Activities such as lottery, hide and seek and frisbee. Thanks for the chance to win such an amazing giveaway.

  58. Leidy Ruiz says:

    We like to play outside, go to the park and take family walks, Thanks for the chance to win!

  59. Gardening!

  60. We love taking walks to the Bay and wading among the fish 🙂
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