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Tips to shield children's skin during wintry weather

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BATON ROUGE - Pediatrician Mindy Calandro visited News 2 at 4 on Thursday to discuss different concerns parents may have about the health of their children's skin in the face of frigid winter temperatures.

The doctor says skincare for infants starts indoors with a regular bathing schedule of one bath every two to three days. Where Calandro stresses precaution with bathing is to ensure that children don't soak in the bath water too long. If infants or small children remain in the bath for an extended period of time, the water can cause them to lose the natural moisture and protective oils their skin produces that will naturally keep their skin healthy outdoors in blustery conditions.

Dr. Calandro says that parents and children alike need to take extra steps to keep their skin in excellent condition when the temperatures drop. To achieve this, she recommends replenishing lost moisture by purchasing skin conditioning products and moisturizers that are fragrance-free, dye-free and hypoallergenic. Purchasing a natural product is much more important when it comes to the especially sensitive skin of infants or toddlers. Lips, which are covered by the thinnest layer of skin on the human body, require additional attention in the form of salves or lip balms that can replenish moisture and thwart Mother Nature's attempts at chapping.

The pediatrician stresses that the colder temperatures will not necessarily make children sick, but she stresses that parents remain proactive and take advanced measures to protect children from touching objects when out that may be covered in the germs that can be the root cause of illness. Frequent hand-washing when returning from an outing can also help, and the moisturizing regimen Calandro recommends can help make this task less of a drain on skin's natural defenses to wintry weather.

Dr. Calandro works as a pediatrician at The Baton Rouge Clinic and is a regular visitor on News 2 evening broadcasts to discuss health matters that affect children in the Capital Area.


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