Monsoons never meant anything more than sunken roads and jammed streets to me until our little ones reminded us of rains being the time to hop into muddy puddles aka Peppa Pig style! So this season I know Monsoons are going to be all about play time for our kids. And frankly I see no reason why I should stop them from getting drenched in the rains, splash on the puddles and play with dirty water. With these basic Monsoon skin & Hair Care Tips for Kids, it’s possible to keep monsoon-linked infections at bay.

Monsoon Skin and Hair Care Tips for Kids

 

1. Rinse & Shower Just After They Have Drenched In the Rain

It would be unfair to expect the kids to avoid rains and stay indoors throughout. So if they must get wet, make sure you wash and clean them thoroughly.

  • With moisture & dampness in the air, monsoons become the prime time for bacterial & viral infections. Rinse your child’s face and even shower with warm (not hot) water instead of cold water once your child is back home after getting wet, as it may cause fungal infections and make skin itchy or flaky. While hot water scalds skin and strips it of its essential natural oils, cold water has no real positive effect on skin. Warm water, on the other hand is a much more effective cleanser than both.
  • Wipe & pat dry your baby with a soft clean towel, and do check for dirt in the folds of the skin like neck, underarms, ears, private areas, and other places for any fungal or skin infections.

Ensure washing their hands properly before touching any food items. Keep a hand sanitiser handy.

  • Rinse your child’s face and even shower with warm (not hot) water instead of cold water once your child is back home after getting wet, as it may cause fungal infections and make skin itchy or flaky. While hot water scalds skin and strips it of its essential natural oils, cold water has no real positive effect on skin. Warm water, on the other hand is a much more effective cleanser than both.
  • Wipe & pat dry your baby with a soft clean towel, and do check for dirt in the folds of the skin like neck, underarms, ears, private areas, and other places for any fungal or skin infections.

A good bath with The Moms Co. Natural Baby Wash is recommended.

This 100% soap-free body wash refreshes and nourishes your baby’s skin naturally without causing any dryness. This Tear-Free Baby Wash is a toxin-free combination of Coconut based mild cleansers that gently clean while oils like Avocado, Organic Chamomile and Organic Aloe Vera gel help soften and soothe the baby’s delicate skin. The Baby Wash can be used from head to toe and is free from irritants.

 

 

It is great for a relaxing, joyful bath for your child with the added benefit of keeping him clean and infection free.

Also kids being a curious lot, tend to touch everything on the go thus becoming susceptible to catching infections. Ensure washing their hands properly before touching any food items. Keep a hand sanitiser handy. I know it might sound too basic, but listing it here as a reminder!

 

You may also like to read “5 Stylish Monsoon Accessories for Kids

 

2. Happy Heads

Sweat & moisture tend to clog the pores on the scalp of children. Itching & tingling becomes just a part of them very soon. Head wash, every alternate day, is advised to keep the scalp clean.

Wash your child’s hair with The Moms Co. Natural Baby Shampoo to rinse away all the dirt and impurities the hair must have soaked in while getting drenched.

This gentle toxin-free coconut based baby shampoo has the goodness of pure Organic Moringa & Organic Argan oils help nourish and strengthen your baby’s soft hair. The fact that it is pH balanced helps rinsing the hair easily. 

 

Rains are also the favorite time for the lice to grow in the hair. It’s best to keep a close eye!

 

3. Moisturise the body regularly

With high relative humidity during monsoons, excess sweat & oil gets produced to the point where pores become clogged, resulting in dry and flaky skin specially after being exposed to rain or muddy water. High humidity combined with high temperatures can lead to even more problems like heat rashes. Thus, it’s important to replenish the moisture with a gentle skin moisturiser. We have been using Natural Baby Lotion by The Moms Co. for past few months and I am all in for this range of natural toxin-free baby range.

Packed with the goodness of Shea Butter, Cocoa butter and oils like Organic Apricot & Jojoba that deeply nourish, keep my baby’s delicate skin soft, silky & moisturised. I am particularly impressed by the fact that this lotion is absolutely non-sticky leaving the baby’s skin  well hydrated.

Oh and you are going to swoon over the botanical fragrance that keeps the baby smelling sweet all day long.

 

4. Maintain Diaper hygiene

Even in monsoon, babies tend to sweat which could accumulate and lead to rashes or infections. This becomes more prominent in areas like skin folds and baby bums if the child is in diapers for long intervals. To avoid damage to the external protective layer of the skin because of sweat, ensure diaper-free time during the day.

Also, during the monsoon, little ones tend to pee a lot because of change in temperature outside. Keep your baby rash-free with a gentle rash care cream that not only soothes rashes, but forms a protective layer to prevent rashes.

And if you are a mom like me who believes in the age-old adage “Prevention is better than cure”, then add Natural Diaper Rash cream by The Moms Co. to your list of essentials. Keep your little munchkin’s bums soft, supple and rash-free with this mild & gentle cream.

 

 

5. Keep a check on Nails

Because of sweat, scratches and rashes, kids tend to develop nail infections during monsoons. Dirt & moisture debris present inside the nails give rise to nail infection. That’s why discoloured, brittle, scaly nails is a common sight amongst kids in rainy season. Be aware of possible fungal infections around the finger tips and sides of nails.

 

Besides ensuring the basic hygiene by cutting baby’s nails regularly to avoid accumulation of dirt and grime, ensure rinsing of hands frequently with a gentle baby wash.

6. Keep that wardrobe dry!

Dampness in clothes is a common occurrence in rainy season. Ensure the clothes being used for the baby are completely dry. If need be, just use a mild iron to ensure the fabric is dry and comfortable for the baby, lest it might cause itchiness & rashes.

I also ensure rinsing clothes once with an antiseptic and medicated solution so that fungus cannot breed in it. Avoid fabrics (like nylon, synthetic) which can create irritation in your baby’s body. 100% cotton and organic cotton clothes are best recommended.

 

7. Avoid the Occurrence Of Prickly Heat

Prickly heat is quite common during this season. To treat this annoying reddish eruption, which is caused by clogging of the skin pores due to sweating, always use anti-bacterial talcum and soaps. Also, use a quality sunscreen, made for children. Make sure that the sunscreen has high SPF. I have heard great about this Mineral Based Sunscreen that comes with SPF 50+ and is Water-Resistant as well as Toxin-Free.

 

More Tips-

  1. Carry an umbrella (of course preschoolers are too young to really hold on to an umbrella, so you can checkout raincoats for them). I came across this really cool idea of  umbrella combined rain coats and couldn’t stop myself from sharing with you all.
  2. Oil massages are also good to increase the blood circulation in cold rainy seasons.
  3. Ensure the child is well-hydrated through the day. This would help flush out nasty toxins present in the body. You can add alternatives like Coconut water, Glucon D etc.
  4. Make sure that your children partake of a balanced and healthy diet that contain proper amount of vegetables and fresh fruits enrich in Vitamin B- complex, C, E and A, antioxidants, mineral and phytochemicals that provide a number of nutritional and protective value to your body. They also help to prevent the occurrence of skin eruptions, which is common in the monsoon.

 

So Mums, it’s time to say goodbye to your anxieties around baby skin & hair care and enjoy these worry- free monsoons!

Go Mommy!

19 comments on “Monsoon Skin and Hair Care Tips for Kids”

  1. I think every kid likes rains. Thanks for sharing these, my kid is only 2 though n does not really go out to play but it will useful in coming future I think 😊

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