My son has really bad dry skin.

Tonya - posted on 01/03/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My son who was born December 4th has extremely bad dry skin. Its so bad that its cracking. Any advice on what to do about it?

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Shelia - posted on 01/06/2010

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My son was born Dec. 22 and has the same problem. I've been using Johnson and Johnson too. It seems to be helping some.

Tonya - posted on 01/05/2010

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Krista thank you so much. I've been bathing him about once a week. The doctor told me that the type of dry skin he has runs in the family, I don't remember what he called it, but he told me to get a good lotion and use it for his body and use hydrocortisone for his face. I would love to know where I can get some Norwex shea butter. Thanks again.

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Emma - posted on 01/08/2010

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our daughter was born on the 9/12 and she was 9 days late, and she was extremely dry, the doctors told me to put a couple of drops of Johnson & Johnson baby oil in her bath at night, after a couple of days her skin was perfect.

Patrice - posted on 01/08/2010

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my son was born 12/09 and the only thing that helped him was aveeno baby lotion mixed with a little johnson and johnson creamy baby oil

Lindsey - posted on 01/06/2010

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my son was born december the 8th and has terribly dry skin, especially on his face and back of his head it doesnt seem to be sore but looks awful! i have been using vaseline with every nappy change its a good memory trigger if u do it that way. his skin is so much better now also i heat up the vaseline until its runny and put it in his bath. try this it really works!!

Macy - posted on 01/06/2010

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My daughter was born on dec.23rd..her feet and hands were soooooooooo dry!!! all ive been using is johnsons baby lotion (pink bottle) for a few days and her skin is perfect now!

Rachel - posted on 01/05/2010

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when my son was born, his skin was HORRIBLE and it looked painful. its better now, i put lotion on every morning when im getting him dressed for the day, and after i give him a bath i put some on as well.

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Try shea butter (if you don't have nut allergies in your family) It works amazing. I also use it as a diaper cream for my children for all over skin care needs.
I use Norwex organic shea butter that has just a little avocado oil and vit e, it's super moisturizing!
For such dry skin you can add 1tsp or so to his warm bath water for a gentle all over application.
On that note, have you been bathing you son much? such young babies should NOT be getting a bath every day as it is far too drying for their sensitive skin. 1 bath every 7-10 days is all they need but wipe their bottoms at least once a day with a clean damp wash cloth (instead of baby wipes which can dry their bottoms out and to prevent rashes).

If you want to try some Norwex shea butter, message me and I can help you find some.

Jennifer - posted on 01/05/2010

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The hospital gave me Eucerin, but any edible oil will work just fine! i recommend a low scent oil so you and your baby don't have to smell it all day! I've been using a baby oil from Arbonne's ABC line... it's made with safflower seed oil and worked great! I will warm it up in my hands and massage his whole body after the first diaper change in the morning and especially after a sponge bath! Good luck!

Tiffanie - posted on 01/04/2010

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my baby was born on dec.2 and what i do it oil him down with baby oil and vaseline and he doesnt have dry skin anymore

User - posted on 01/04/2010

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My doctor suggested we use Vaseline if we are really concerned about it. Like Kimberly said, it's normal for them to be dry, even cracking, but most lotions have some sort of alcohol in them and that makes it worse. We used vaseline on his legs and it cleared up almost right away!

Kimberly - posted on 01/03/2010

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I would try olive oil. It is an excellent moisturizer. It is common for newborns to "shed" a layer of skin and when they do, it will sort of look all dry and crackly until it all falls off and then they should have nice soft skin underneath. My 12 day old son is just starting to have this problem around his wrists, ankles and belly. I use Earth Mama Angel Baby lotion which is an olive oil based product that I just adore. http://earthmamaangelbaby.com if you want to look into ordering some. But I would imagine once your son sheds his skin that is/was affected by the long soak in amniotic fluid he'll probably be fine...

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