My 2 week old baby's skin wont stop peeling!
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Lucy - posted on 11/10/2009
This can happen if a baby is very late arriving, my daughter was nearly two weeks late so pretty overcooked! She peeled for weeks, and also suffered with eczema from the word go. It's surprising some of the horrible stuff that is in most baby lotions, if it says contact with the eyes should be specifically avoided you've gotta wonder, right? Burts Bees baby products are great as they moisturise well, are very natural and smell gorgeous! They are expensive, but a little goes a long way.
Barbara - posted on 11/10/2009
Stick to the kitchen cabinet. When washing the baby use plain old oat meal. Best of all the babies love to eat it and once it's soft it's perfectly fine. When adding about a half of cap of oatmeal the water will turn a slight milky color. That's the stuff that really helps the skin. let the baby soak and play in the water before giving he/she a wash down with their regular soap. Next get yourself some cocoanut oil. Plain old coconut oil from a healthfood or grocery store. Stay away from lotions and all the other stuff.
Lauren - posted on 11/10/2009
Something like pentatin is good to use. It's thick and mosturizes very well. For his feet a good trick is to lather some baby oil on them and if it's not too hot put a pair of socks on his feet. It'll lock the moisture in, however it will ruin the socks so it is your call on that one. You can do the same thing with Johnson and Johnson's baby lotions too. Stick with baby made products too to cut down on any bad reactions. Besides that lotion him up as often as you can and in a lil bit it'll go away. His skin is just getting used to the new world he's apart of.
Chalisa - posted on 11/06/2009
Its ok this is normal. Think of it this way your baby just soaked in water for 9 months and BOOM its exposed to air. My son had this issue and his pediatrician said that using any sented wash or lotion isn't good wether or not your baby has dry skin, or cradle cap that its to harsh on brand new skin and recommended I use a fragrence free wash and lotion. I use Aveeno wash and lotion fragrence free, and so that you still have a smell good baby rub some scented lotion in your hands and then on his cloths it doesn't stain or leave oily residue and you get a good smelling baby. Also bathing a new baby every night isn't nessecery unless they spit up alot. Bath every other night and apply lotion after bath and again in the morning. Babies also peel bad because there skin rapidly replaces its self. Good luck and by the way all this info is stuff my ped. told me or I read in one of my parenting mags.
Joan - posted on 11/06/2009
this is old fashioned but cornstarch helps. And if you can keep the baby warm enough let the baby lay with loose clothing. Check out all the lotions you are using and what their ingredients. Baby might be allergic to something. One of mine had a similar problem but he had a high acid count and when he urinated it burned and all he did was cry,.the rash was horrible and he was about the same age. My salvation was my dad who was a pharmacist and terrific chemist, mixed up an ointment. My dad teased and said I wanted a little boy should be able to take care of the problems but he said that he was there to support me and he did,.Sometimes it just takes something easy. Watch waht you use on a daily basis and eliminate them one at a time until you come up with a culprit. Joan
Sarah - posted on 11/06/2009
baby lotion...or you could try an oil...baby oil or a gentle massage oil. It is totally normal for them to have peeling skin they were inside of us for a long time. Some babies peel more than others. Just do what you would do for yourself with dry or cracking skin
Simone - posted on 11/04/2009
Your baby was probably overdue like mine...am I right? I called my second child "lizard boy" he was so flakey and peeling! Poor little guy, I used baby oil, and baby powder...the baby oil moisturized the new skin underneath and the baby powder helped flake off the top layer of dead skin caused by being in the womb too long...time is the only thing that really heals this! Good Luck and God Bless!
Shauna - posted on 11/04/2009
My daughter, Belle, peeled forever it seemed. I thought something was wrong at first because no one mentioned it would happen. She was 11 days late and they told me she simply cooked too long.
My suggestion? Dont be afraid to wipe him well with his little wash cloth each time you bathe him. That helps get the majority of it off. After the bath some Johnsons baby lotion will help, but nothing is going to make it magically stop. It just slowly dies down over time. Its normal. I know that doesnt make it better now, but just hold tight and it will stop.
Use baby oil after bath and a few times during the day it workrd in a matter of days with my son especially around the creases on his feet! On my daughter i used johnsons baby moisterising cream after bath time insted of powder that worked for her skin.
Try sticking to one thing so his skin gets used to it. Hope this helps!.
Khyati - posted on 11/04/2009
That's normal but I totally understand how you feel as my daughter went through the skin peel phase after she was born. The midwife suggested I use any olive oil as it has natural ingredients. Wilkinson do small bottles, thats where my mum bought me a bottle as I felt uncomfortable using olive oil used for cooking.
Llinos - posted on 11/04/2009
i have a month old baby and his skin is peeling too...the health visitor says it happens and that it will clear in time. It's dry skin, if you like, try Baby oil, or olive oil if you don't want to put chemicals on your baby's skin. it helped us.
Hope it clears for you. x
Sherry - posted on 11/04/2009
After my kids were first born I used baby oil there isnt any perfumes in it, and is kept their skin moist. There is still going to be some peeling because they are growing. They need to get a tougher layer of skin for the outside world. I know it looks bad but as long as you keep it moist and dont let it get red and raw it will be ok.
Sammy - posted on 11/04/2009
As everyone has said it is very normal.
My midwife advised me not to use any soaps (even the ones that are made for babies), but to cover her in sorbolene cream then wash it off in the bath. Then massage the cream in after her bath. In a few days her skin was beautiful.
Also baby oil does not absorb into the skin as good as cream/lotion does.
Anna - posted on 11/04/2009
baby oil or use infants oilatum in there bath's dont worry about it its normally due to the white layer that covers your baby to protect it from the amniotic fluid and it has come off its fine my baby was 16 days late and peeled all over it passes x
Ann - posted on 11/04/2009
I have given birth 5 times,this is an interesting story.What I would do is basically moisturize. Probably what it needs to do is just peel off with time he is only 2 wks old give him one mth an he he will be be perfect.Relax Im sure you think it looks strange but keep him covered up but dont ever pick at it ,it might make it sore an even bleed with time being in your rams he will heal in a short time.Dont fret too much over this,try not to worry ok! Ann Frm Atlanta
Krista - posted on 11/03/2009
Talk to your Dr. Mine didn't suggest using lotion until my kids were over 3 months old since their skin is so thin, they just absorb everything and it doesn't help. They are prone to peeling, they were in water for 9 months!!! It'll slow down. I would start to worry if he is still peeling after 6 or 8 or 10 months.
Shalom - posted on 11/03/2009
My girl peeled like crazy, too! It was like she was one big blister. My midwife told me that it was really common for post-term babies (she was 42 weeks.) It just took a little while for that extra layer of skin to come off, and underneath it her skin was perfectly normal. No more peeling after that :)
Erika - posted on 11/03/2009
I about had a heart attack when my son's started peeling but the doc told me it's just the baby skin coming off so the tough skin would show. I tried all kinds of lotion but they all made him peel worse. He finally stopped peeling at about 4 wks
Megan - posted on 11/03/2009
he could just have cradle cap all over. get a washcloth oil and lightly scrub his skin with the oil it should help and then a really good bath with lots of soap. that's what i did for my kids when they had curdle cap but i also used a comb because it was on their head and they had hair.
Ruth - posted on 11/03/2009
my baby had that problem, her pediatrician said it was because she had dry skin, we couldn't use regular baby lotion, cause it didn't help, so she prescribed cetaphil soap and lotion and that did the trick. you can buy it over the counter on walmart. sams, walgreen etc. even i use it. hope your baby gets better ;D
Lauren - posted on 11/03/2009
Your best bet is to get him with the lotion after you get him out of the bath. His skin will absorb it better that way. When you change him, try using penitin or another anit-diaper rash creme in the folds of his legs, and slather him with lotion again. It's normal but it never feels normal. Hope this helps hun!
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