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How can you prevent baby eczema and diaper rash?

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Most newborn skin problems, such as eczema or diaper rash, don't develop for the first month or two.

  • Try once-a-week bathing.
  • Limit your use of baby scented skin products.
  • Use ointment or lotion only on dry skin areas.
  • Dress them in soft clothing, preferably cotton.

From: Baby Skin Care: Tips for Your Newborn WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Marvin Wang, MD, director of Newborn Nurseries, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

Christine Hurley, MD, pediatrician, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

Judy Moreau, MD, pediatrician, Ochsner Health System, New Orleans.

The American Academy of Pediatrics: Bantam Books, June 1998. Caring for Your Baby and Young Child,

HealthyChildren.org:  ''Bathing Your Newborn.''

American Academy of Pediatrics online: Parenting Corner Q&A: "What can I do if my baby gets diaper rash?"

WebMD Medical Reference from "The Mother of All Baby Books:" "Your Newborn's Skin and Rashes;" "Understanding Diaper Rash - The Basics;" and "Newborn Rashes and Skin Conditions."

WebMD Health News: "Babies May Be Soothed by Massage" and "Diaper Dyes May Cause Diaper Rash."

 

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on October 16, 2017

SOURCES:

Marvin Wang, MD, director of Newborn Nurseries, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

Christine Hurley, MD, pediatrician, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

Judy Moreau, MD, pediatrician, Ochsner Health System, New Orleans.

The American Academy of Pediatrics: Bantam Books, June 1998. Caring for Your Baby and Young Child,

HealthyChildren.org:  ''Bathing Your Newborn.''

American Academy of Pediatrics online: Parenting Corner Q&A: "What can I do if my baby gets diaper rash?"

WebMD Medical Reference from "The Mother of All Baby Books:" "Your Newborn's Skin and Rashes;" "Understanding Diaper Rash - The Basics;" and "Newborn Rashes and Skin Conditions."

WebMD Health News: "Babies May Be Soothed by Massage" and "Diaper Dyes May Cause Diaper Rash."

 

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on October 16, 2017

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