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Is peeling skin normal for a newborn baby?

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A newborn baby is born with wrinkly skin and a protective covering called vernix that naturally peels off during the first week. There's no need to rush it, rub it, or treat it with lotions or creams. (If baby is born past the due date, this process is likely finished while she is still inside the womb.)

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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