Dry Skin

Heather - posted on 06/16/2010 ( 28 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 12 weeks old, and in the past week she has gotten super dry skin all over! As soon as it started, we cut her baths down to ever few days, short, and no soap except once a week. Any ideas on what causes this and what I can do?

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Ariz - posted on 07/03/2010

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just do a gentle massage of olive oil before every bath,u vil find u babyz skin softer n softer with every upcoming day.moreover use mild warm water for the bath.

ADRIANA - posted on 07/03/2010

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I went to the Dr and came back with all sorts as my 7 month developed ecsma and now its gone. I dont use bubble bath or soap just what the Dr gave me which was a cream for everyday,a bath milk and then an ointment for really bad ecsma that flaires up.

Sandy - posted on 06/30/2010

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my doctor told me to put vaseline on areas that are really dry and also hydrocortazone on areas that look like are itchy.

Heather - posted on 06/30/2010

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Thanks everyone for your responses! We ended up usingg aquafor lotion, by eucerin. It worked amazingly! One day after I slathered it on before bed there was a a definite difference!!

Heidi - posted on 06/29/2010

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I know it sounds gross, but our doctor recommended Crisco (shortening) It worked really well, and was inexpensive. He called it his chicken lotion when he was a toddler because their was a picture of fried chicken on the outside of the tub.

Maria - posted on 06/28/2010

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my daughter had really dry skin too after she was born...i just cut her bathing down to every other day but i still gave her a sponge bath and wiped down between her folds to keep it from getting really dirty...i never really used anything special formula except for the normal johnson baby lotion...hope this helped though! ♥

Amanda - posted on 06/28/2010

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cetaphil cream (not the lotion in a bottle, its in a tub) works great for dry skin. You can get it at any drugstore. My daugher had really dry skin when she was first born, and after applying this everyday took care of it. now we just apply it after a bath or unless needed more. It even works on my really dry skin. Good luck.

Antoinette - posted on 06/26/2010

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Well, a baby does not need a bath everyday, all they need is like a sponge bath. i would like at body care that is free from Mineral oil something natural, the bath is getting dry skin due to bathing too much you are washing all the natural oils our of the skin

Nadine - posted on 06/25/2010

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Melaleuca has a line for kids that is called Koala kids. The products don't contain any harsh or harmful chemicals found in a lot of other products.

Holly - posted on 06/25/2010

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My daughter has had really bad cradle cap since she was born. I use a very soft toothbrush, with some baby oil, and massage her head. She doesnt mind it at all!! It actually put her to sleep when she was just a baby! The skin just peels up like a sun burn! Good luck!

Sreeja N Ganesh - posted on 06/25/2010

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all babies shed their prebirth skin quite a lot, and hence the dry skin...once the total shedding is over, the dry skin also reduces to a minimum. this is what i have seen with my children (just passed this with my little one who is nearly 5 months old now). so..not an alarming issue. what worked for us is a good massage with coconut oil and bathing her with lentil flour instead of soap. the pediatrician had advised us not to use baby soap or lotion for the first few months. Also change her clothes with every nappy change, so that the old shedded skin on the clothes touching the skin is also removed. (by the way, other than the baby skin shedding, hopefully she is not alergic to the fabric detergent used to wash her clothes!)
good luck.

Sara - posted on 06/24/2010

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PS as she is only 12 weeks old remember she is not going to get sweaty and dirty - plain water will be all she needs most of the time . Someone has mentioned a good soap substitute. I still use aqueous cream on my son it is actually a moisturiser for dry skin and also a soap substitute for sensitive skin.
Very inexpensive at the chemist- big tub of it that lasts ages.

Sara - posted on 06/24/2010

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Hi yes all I can say is go natural!
Even if a product has a baby on it or it says natural read the labels. Simple is best. You can get all fancy and pay a lot of money but it can also be cheaper if you look around.
eg.Almond oil or apricot kernal oil is great for skin and massages and is not expensive at the supermarket or chemist also oats in a muslin bag in the bath is great to sooth dry itchy skin..
Any cleanser (I say this because i would recommend to use a soap substitute), oil, powder, cream you use needs to be free of:
perfume
mineral oil (thats is in all Johnson and Johnson oil)
colour
parabens (preseratives)
good luck

Jenny - posted on 06/24/2010

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My daughter developed very dry skin when she was just a couple of months old. Turns out she was allergic to her lotion. I was using Burt's Bees baby lotion on her. So just because it's all natural doesn't mean it's hypoallergenic. Her doctor recommended using a lotion that was free of all dyes, fragrances....and just about everything else. It helped a lot. We also started double rinsing her clothes and using almost no detergent, and what detergent we did use was dye free and fragrance free. Just rinsed her off with minimal soap to keep her from drying out. It could be one of a million things....talk to her doctor and see what he has to say.

Melissa - posted on 06/23/2010

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Go to a lush store or go to www.lush.com and buy the Dreamwash and Dreamcream. They are AMAZING for kid's dry skin!! I love them. I use them everyday and my skin is finally perfect! ♥ Good luck!

Natalie - posted on 06/21/2010

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Olive oil! Sounds crazy but works fantasticly. My son's 9 weeks today and I still use a little in his baths....about 1-2TBSP each time, I don't really measure - just pour away! It's also amazing for nappy rash too!

Francine - posted on 06/20/2010

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Mayybe eczema. They sell a lotion for babies for eczema has pooh on label. My son has dry skin and we use it it helps.

Maria - posted on 06/19/2010

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cetaphil cream and cetaphil liquid soap - love it. my youngest has dry skin and I do too so I use that on everybody.

Amelia - posted on 06/19/2010

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fabric softener can do it and some detergents. Eucerin has a great cream that helps a lot. if tht doesn't work then try crisco after the bath or baby oil in the bath water. we have the issue with one of ours. we have to make sure our detergents have no perfumes or colors added as well as no fabric softeners. ivory is the best that i found for young ones.
Good luck and i hope you find what works for you.

Cheryl - posted on 06/18/2010

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my son had very bad cradle cap until he was 2 yrs and very dry skin. My doctor gave him 'oilatum' bath liquid which worked brilliantly.

Tanya - posted on 06/17/2010

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my youngest daughter had really dry skin and still does and shes 4!I used to really watch the temp in the bath tub i made it just luke warm, not so they freeze mind you!I used aveeno body and hair wash.An after i used the lotion shea butter for babies.Vaseline is a natural lotion and an excellent hydration, a pediation told me this!

Bonnie - posted on 06/17/2010

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Get some goat milk soap without added fragrance...Make sure that you are rubbing on baby lotion after baths, or whenever you feel necessary. Aveeno with oatmeal, or cetaphil is nice. I like the lotions with jojoba, cocoa butter, goats milk, oatmeal, avocado, dead sea salt, vitamin e, honey, in them. Look for the kind with the least chemicals added. They moisturize, calm and heal dry skin. Do not use any lotions with insect repellant on your babies skin, too young, and many chemicals are absorbed into the skin.

Ask your doctor he/she can give you ideas too. Baby oil, sensitive skin with vitamin e, no fragrance, is also great to rub on lightly. I have psoriasis, so I understand the whole dry skin thing. I have to use lotions after a bath, and when I am in air conditioning a lot, or the weather is really dry/cold.

I suggest that you start washing baby's clothing and blankets, in a fragrance free detergent too. Many people have allergies to fragrances, that cause skin reactions, such as dryness, etc. If you can afford it, try out some of the burts bees products for baby's skin.

Unless baby is having a lot of diaper fails, or crawling and getting dirty, only bathe every other day.

Michelle - posted on 06/17/2010

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You cant go wrong with the all natural products!! i am a huge fan of anything & everything all natural, especially if it is used on our skin & the skin of our children!! by starting to use these products while your child is young, you will e teaching them a "good" habit from birth that they will use for the rest of their life & they will surely thank you for it when they get older!! products containing the essential oils such as vitamin E, aloe & others....there are lots of websites that will teach you about them, as well as give you helpful tips on what not to use too soon (too young) ....going fragrence free with newborns is best to avoid allergies....you will see a difference in skin texture, no more drying out....smooth as a babys bottom! LOL. for the skeptics i would recommend Johnson & Johnson baby oil ~ simply & still gets the job done....Johnson & Johnson has a lavender baby bath for soothing & comforting as well as keeping the skin fresh & soft. J&J baby oil rubbed head to toe (lightly) will also assist in repairing dry skin!! Avons skin so soft (sensitive skin, fragrence free) is also a good pick, especially in summer months as it repels insects :)

Mellanie - posted on 06/16/2010

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Talk with your doctor. My daughter had really dry skin as well and her pediatrician said no lotion for at least 6 months. I only bathed her every couple of days and I switched her soap. I started using Dr.Bronner's pure castile magic soap. You can find it at the local health food store. What I was told by her pediatrician is that Johnson&Johnson has preservatives in it that can dry out their skin. Good luck

Crystal - posted on 06/16/2010

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Cetaphil cream is wonderful for dry skin. Aveeno baby makes a soap that is good for excema or extremely dry skin. I can't recall the name right now but I use it daily on my boys with escema.

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