Is it normal for my newborn to have dry skin?

Zarah - posted on 11/01/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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He has dry flaky skin, im worried that his itchy all over and feels uncomfortable, his 10 days old and Ive given him 2 quick baths.

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Kelly - posted on 11/02/2009

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you're baby has been surrounded by water for the last 9months so its normal for him to have dry skin, talk to your doctor about your concerns, but for the most part it will go away on its own. my doc told us to bath her every 2-3 days. if you think its bothering him use a gentle cream like aveno baby, i found this to work best as it has no harsh scent unlike all the other baby creams out there

Colleen - posted on 11/01/2009

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My son had fairly dry skin as well, especially his hands and feet. I just started putting baby lotion on him daily and that seemed to really help. Your son may also become prone to cradle cap as mine did, I found baby oil really helped it.



As for bathing, I would skip a day here and there and just wash him in water without any soap because soap, even that specifically designed for babies, is very drying.

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Jessica - posted on 11/02/2009

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Yeah thats totally normal. My son was reeeeeally peely for the first couple weeks- he came out like that because he was a week overdue! Too many baths and especially too much soap will dry them out more so you don't want to do that too much... you don't need to do anything really, it will go away on its own. I used a bit of Aveeno baby lotion on especially dry areas.

Jamie - posted on 11/01/2009

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yes it is very normal. The pediatrician told me to use hydrocortisone LOTION, not the cream. It even worked for cradle cap and my son had dry cheeks too and the lotion worked nice. The cream is really greasy, so I was told by the pediatrician not to use it. I had a hard time finding it though, they had it in the back in the pharmacy at the drug store.

Cassandra - posted on 11/01/2009

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Quoting Zarah:

Is it normal for my newborn to have dry skin?

He has dry flaky skin, im worried that his itchy all over and feels uncomfortable, his 10 days old and Ive given him 2 quick baths.



Zarah my daughter was born with that too , the doctor said its dry skin , but some  people that have seen my daughter they say its eczema..

Sammy - posted on 11/01/2009

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Congratulations on ur baby boy!!
My daughter was the same!
I was advised by my doctor not to bath her with any baby soaps or anything like that, but to cover her in sorbolene cream then wash it off in the bath! Then put more sorbolene cream on before dressing! I wouldn't use baby oil as does not absorb into the skin as much as cream does! =)

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It is normal for their skin to be like that for the first weeks. You don't need to do anything, but some people use baby oil. I just let it go away on its own, Definitely don't give any more baths - 2 baths a week is just fine, and bathing too often will dry his skin out more.

Emma - posted on 11/01/2009

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My son was really dry and flaky, we put a drop of baby oil in his bath water every time, and I rubbed him baby lotion as well. You can definately give him sponge baths at this age, that way the umbilical cord stays nice and dry. For my son the best way was to have him wrapped up in a nice warm towel and I would just sit him in my lap and washed him. Just use a seperate container of water to wash the soap and oil off. For my son it took about a week before the dry, flaky skin was gone. Enjoy your boy!

Marie - posted on 11/01/2009

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You shouldn't let him get that dried out. Put baby oil on him every time you see him getting dry and that'll help. It'll take a few days, but he'll be fine. Just make sure his umbilical cord doesn't get wet! Use alcohol wipes around the umbilical to keep it clean. If you have any more questions, feel free to message me. Congratulations on the beautiful baby boy!

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