Harmattan is a dry dusty wind that blows towards the western coast of Africa from the Sahara deserts.
The season is characterised by dry flaky skin, sore throat, cold and common cough.
Babies are more prone to these allergies and illnesses or may end up with flaky skin.
Harmattan can be deceptive, so you must plan your day with the weather so that neither you nor your baby will be affected.
Check out 7 things to pay attention to while caring for your baby this season.
1. Diaper change
You have to remember that babies mess up their diapers and are always ready for a diaper change. You must make sure you clean well and moisturise immediately after you clean them up. You can apply any cold ointment on their hands, feet and chest to keep them warm.
Bathe them with warm water only at all times. Carry their flasks everywhere if possible so you can always have warm water when you need it. You can use Mentholatum after their bath. Use on their feet before they sleep and before wearing socks for them to keep them warm.
This is the key to breaking the effect of harmattan on your babies. Make sure you get a good moisturiser - the one that comes with shea butter in it. This helps break flaky skin. It also hydrates the skin.
Keep your babies hydrated at all times. Always have spare warm water for them. Give them fruits to build up their immunity. Their immune system are not well developed as babies so they mind need extra help.
Always find ways to keep your babies warm, give them warm food, a warm drink and keep them away from chilled drinks.
This is the best time to invest in thick clothes, like cardigans. You might want to wear undershirts under their clothes. This will keep them warm at all times and always keep a spare cloth in case the weather changes during the day.
Harmattan comes with a lot of dryness and it carries dust and particles everywhere. Be ready for sneezing, cough and cold, protect yourself and the baby when you go out and even when you are indoors.
Most importantly, always try to remain warm and stay protected. Babies can catch a cold from you as well.