Skin Peeling in Newborn’s & What to do About It?

Following the birth of a baby, you may notice that your newborn’s skin starts to come out after few weeks of birth. There are many reasons as to why the skin peeling occurs; the skin of a baby undergoes many changes following the weeks of his birth. It is not only the skin but also hair which may turn out to be a major cause of worry to the new mothers. It is important to know why the newborn’s skin peeling occurs and what to do about it.

Although, you may not worry much, as a mother, you need to be very watchful when it comes to the skin of your baby.

Skin Peeling in Newborn's

Skin Peeling in Newborn’s

The newborn’s skin peeling can occur on the sole, ankles and hands which can become severe at times. When a child is born, the skin is covered with various fluids including amniotic fluid, blood and vernix, which are wiped off during early care. Out of all these, the coating of the vernix is the thickest that is responsible for protecting the skin of the newborn. When the vernix is gone, the outer layer of the baby’s skin sheds. The peeling process may take its due course of action which eventually leads to skin peeling so that the new one may come. It generally takes about three weeks for the new skin to come up.

Though, the going away of the vernix determines a lot about the newborn’s skin peeling, there are many other factors that can contribute or aggravate the skin peeling in newborn babies. Various factors like whether your baby is premature, delivered on time delivered after the due date can also be related contributing factors or causes of newborn’s skin peeling.

The causes of newborn’s skin peeling are many, which can also be related to various skin conditions like – eczema or atopic dermatitis. Eczema is the skin condition in which the skin becomes flaky and sweeps away the moisturizer from the skin. It is believed that eczema and the newborn’s skin peeling can be linked, which can be very troublesome for the newborns.

Allergy or sensitivity to shampoos and other baby care products too can sometimes affect your baby’s skin and can cause newborn’s skin peeling. Some food items like dairy and soy products too can cause allergies, which may affect certain babies in different ways.

What to do About Newborn’s Skin Peeling?

Newborn’s skin peeling needs to be taken care of. Some precautions also need to be taken to ensure baby’s good health. Also, using baby creams and skin care products in accordance with medical advice can help to a great extent.

Here are some newborn’s skin peeling treatment which can be truly helpful for you.

  • Avoid the use of skin care products with harsh chemicals for your newborn as they can tear off the moisture from the delicate skin and may aggravate the skin peeling trouble.
  • Cold air may also be the culprit for ripping off the moisture from the newborn’s skin, which may cause more trouble. Keeping the hands and legs of the baby covered and protecting the newborn’s skin from becoming dry and rough is important.
  • Using a humidifier to protect from increasing dryness can help to keep the room humid and protect the newborn’s skin from becoming rough.
  • Using a gentle moisturizing soap and mild shampoo can take good care of the skin and retain the moisture of the skin.
  • Some baby wipes are used in treating skin peeling in newborn and eventually helps in healing the skin in a better way. These can be used with medical advice.

As smart parents, you need to be watchful about the changes in the newborn’s skin. Observe for any excessive dryness, flakiness, itching or other changes in the newborn’s skin. If the condition worsens, medical opinion must be sought.

Make sure that all baby care products are used as per the recommendation and must contain substances that are mild on the skin. For newborns’ skin peeling, the parents can do much about it by following these simple methods and ensure a soft and healthy skin for your baby.

Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:March 7, 2018

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