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How do I care for my newborn’s skin?

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Your newborn baby’s skin is not the stuff of magazine layouts and baby models. His skin is easily irritated and dry. There’s good reason for this. The entire top layer of his body is essentially peeling off. This top layer is basically like a waterproof suit he’s been wearing in the womb. When your baby arrives, his skin is almost translucent. Birthmarks will be the most prevalent and noticeable during this time period.
When your baby reaches his one-month birthday, you will notice the onset of baby acne spreading across his face and neck. This is due to the rapidly shifting hormone levels in his body. This acne will not scar and should be left alone.
All you need to do is clean your baby’s face daily with a moisturizing soap and apply lotion to his skin when it seems dry. Some people forego the soap altogether and just use water. Be sure to clean your baby’s face and genital area each day. 
Contact your doctor if your baby’s skin gets very irritated, dry, or you notice a rash or breakout (with dry skin, it’s generally not recommended to over-bathe or use skin-drying soaps).  Otherwise, just apply TLC!
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Re: How do I care for my newborn’s skin?
i've found using silcox base in their baths + no soap great 4 keeping their skin soft.
   |   December 17, 2011 07:55 PM Delete

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