Why newborn skin flakes on the headand body – what mom needs to know

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In real life, newborn babies are very different from
�”Glossy” babies. Irregular skin color, wrinkled handles
and legs usually do not frighten newly-minted parents, for it is clear:
baby recently appeared on the light in a new environment for themselves. but
when newborn skin flakes off, some moms start
to panic, taking this natural phenomenon for a disease.

Peeling of the skin can spread throughout the body from
heads to heels, but it poses no threat
newborn baby

Why skin flakes off

The reason for peeling skin in newborns is very simple: it is
the reaction of the skin to a new habitat.

Before birth, the child was in the liquid, after appearing on
light baby enters the airspace. Our skin is protected from
environment invisible fatty film that helps
retain moisture. The sebaceous glands of the baby have not yet established their
Work, moreover, skin kids very thin and delicate. In the first 2
of the day, the baby’s skin is preserved with the so-called original lubricant,
and then the skin remains virtually unprotected, so it can
dry and peel off.

In some cases, the skin may peel off due to
allergy to cosmetics or
Allergic reaction, except desquamation, always
accompanied by redness, rash. If these symptoms do not –
why not worry, this is the usual stage of habituation of a child to
existence in new conditions.

What to do when peeling skin

Since this is not a disease, you can not do anything.


The skin of babies flakes first 2-3 weeks. Gradually
the body adjusts to contact with air, the sebaceous glands
begin to work and provide lipid protection to the skin, and
peeling passes.

If the appearance of the flaky crumbs is alarming, mono send
its efforts to soften and moisturize the skin.

  1. �”Milky crusts” on the baby’s head can be removed during
    bathing. To do this, the head is smeared with cosmetic or
    sterilized edible oil 20 minutes before bathing,
    and then combed out with a brush. You can do without oil: in
    bathing time, soap the head with baby shampoo, and after a couple of minutes
    using a brush to remove the crusts.
  2. Pens, legs and body can be softened several times a day.
    moisturizer or oil. It is especially important to do this after
    contact with water.

What is definitely not worth doing is trying to remove
dry crust. During this procedure, you can injure
baby’s skin or provoke severe irritation.

Prevention of skin peeling in babies

Since it is impossible to completely avoid skin flaking, some
measures can be a little soften this process.

  • Do not use ordinary soap and other products for bathing.
    drying the skin. It is better to use special children’s gels for
    bathing or decoction of herbs. Generally, detergents are not desirable
    use daily. The child can be bathed and just in the water, and
    gel or other means to use 1-2 times a week.
  • It’s worth bathing your baby no more than 2 times a day. After each swim
    You can apply moisturizing baby cream or lubricate delicate skin
  • It is important to monitor the humidity in the house. In dry air
    skin loses moisture faster and will peel off even more.

As we have said, the baby’s skin doesn’t cause flaking
no inconvenience. Crusts on the head can last up to a year,
peeling of the skin of the body and limbs, as a rule, passes behind
few weeks. The more careful we intervene
the process of adaptation, the sooner the infant’s body will cope with
by the situation.

Next: the crust on the head – how to remove?

We read on the topic of care:

  • Baby skin care
  • Newborn hygiene
  • How to choose a cream for newborns

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