Newborn Baby's Skin | Pediatrics East

Baby's Skin

Care of Newborn's Skin 

Normal newborn skin often peels, but usually does not require any ointments or creams. Oils and greasy ointments block sweat glands and may cause a rash. If the skin becomes excessively dry or cracked, a baby lotion or moisturizing cream may be applied sparingly twice a day.

Almost all babies have some breast swelling which is due to hormone changes. This swelling will resolve and no special attention is necessary.

Jaundice is a term used to describe a yellow color of the baby’s skin. It usually appears on the second or third day of life in a full-term baby, decreases after a week, and disappears within two weeks. In most instances, the jaundice is slight and can be ignored. Sometimes the jaundice becomes severe enough to require a blood test on one or more occasions. If you have any concerns about the color of your baby’s skin, call the office.