My 2 week old baby's skin wont stop peeling!

Brittney - posted on 11/03/2009 ( 66 moms have responded )

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Its worse on the parts of his body that rub together like his feet and armpits. What helps??

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Barbara - posted on 11/10/2009

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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.

Lucy - posted on 11/10/2009

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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.

Lauren - posted on 11/10/2009

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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.

Joan - posted on 11/06/2009

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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

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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

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Chalisa - posted on 11/06/2009

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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.

Robin - posted on 11/06/2009

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This is pretty normal. Baby lotion works well, and if you want great baby lotion...try Burt's Bees brand. I cost a little more, but is so much better in my opinion.

Toya - posted on 11/06/2009

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Use olive oil after baths. It works and its not too greasy like baby oil and really absorbs into the skin!

Amanda - posted on 11/05/2009

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just keep his skin moisturized, my daughters did the same thing, it's natural. Try disney's ecszama cream works really well it's almost like a vasoline. I forget the name of the brand but it has pooh and piglet on it.

Sandra - posted on 11/05/2009

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Hi,lots of lotion,my daughter was a month overdue and at day 2 she started to peel...was a longtime ago now but it worked...

Shauna - posted on 11/05/2009

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I forgot about that! A quick squirt of baby oil in the bath helps a ton! It makes them all soft and sweet smelling. Good call. I forgot that :)

Cheryl - posted on 11/05/2009

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hey ya lots of lotion or baby oil. i use to add baby oil to my sons bath when he was like that. he was 12 days over due and his skin was horrible but cleared up once treated.

Anita - posted on 11/05/2009

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Don't wory, it will go stop, some babies just take longer than others and 2 weeks is not a long time at all, my daughter who is now seven did not stop until she was about 3 months her feet took longer than that. Don't worry.

Simone - posted on 11/04/2009

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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

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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.

Alisa - posted on 11/04/2009

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This is quite normal, you can use baby oil, lotion, or in real tuff spots, you can use Lansinol Breast Cream, it's non toxic for baby too, which is a plus.

Sue - posted on 11/04/2009

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that happened with my daughter and the doctor gave me eucerin lotion. I don't know if that is spelled right, but it helped. He will grow out of it.

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use olive oil after a bath. Then wait 30 minutes and rub him/her down again.......but dont be alarmed this is normal and should subside by age 2 to 3 months

Stephanie - posted on 11/04/2009

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That's completly normal, there skin has been in liquid for nine months in a week or two the peeling should cease. just new skin. mom of 4

Hajra - posted on 11/04/2009

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Hi there what i suggest after having 5 kids is olive oil!straight after the bath massage it into skin best thing i did it from young age on all my kids and not 1 of them as ever had a skin problem good look!

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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!.

Mistie - posted on 11/04/2009

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just keep doing what u r doing you r doing good it is hard your first time around but you will get.... mabe when u chang him put more lotion on him

Annie - posted on 11/04/2009

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Olive Oil! Its totally natural - no weird chemical, non greasy and works a treat. Plus its great to massage with. I carried on massaging with Olive Oil for the first 6 months and my daughters skin is beautiful.

Khyati - posted on 11/04/2009

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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

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Hi there,

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

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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

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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

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oh and if its on there hands use vasaline and stick mittens on them but vasaline is also very very good :D

Anna - posted on 11/04/2009

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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

Paula - posted on 11/04/2009

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That is normal for a newborn and it will stop soon. Just put a little powder (little) and see if this helps.

Rachel - posted on 11/04/2009

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i used olive oil on my boy when he was a baby it worked a treat took a few days to start showing but it worked really well check with ya midwife see what she says

Claire - posted on 11/04/2009

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My youngest suffered really bad....i use olive oil, yep the one you cook with it smells bad but it worked a treat.

Louise - posted on 11/04/2009

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baby oil on a cotton wool ball, it will go away eventually, remember hes only a brand new baby with brand new skin, my 2 boys both had it, and it will go away xx

Ann - posted on 11/04/2009

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Hello Brittney,
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

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lotion, and lots of each each day, baby oil after the bath. The baby oil after the bath is a great time for a massage that gets the circulation flowing thus helping with the skin. But yes each day certainly with the lotion xo

Elyssa - posted on 11/04/2009

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i use vasaline & baby lotion. LOL thats NORMAL though. (for the baby to peel)

Heather - posted on 11/03/2009

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my son had the same problem, you should try eucerin aquaphor its a bit pricey but it worked for us, his skin stopped peeling a few days later after applying it twice a day, good luck!!!!

Alison - posted on 11/03/2009

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my daughters skin peeled after she was born and i asked the dr about it and they said just leave it alone it will get better and apply lotion if it gets real bad

Krista - posted on 11/03/2009

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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.

Leigh - posted on 11/03/2009

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Olive oil, good enough to go on the inside or ur body, & it's great for the outside as well.

Shalom - posted on 11/03/2009

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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 :)

Lindsay - posted on 11/03/2009

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I like almond oil...it doesn't stay really greasy and it doesn't have any chemicals that can add to the irritation

Christina - posted on 11/03/2009

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I have the same peoblem with my little girl, you should try putting baby oil in his bath and that will soften his skin and make it stop pealing.
Hope it works for him, it works with my little girl :)

Melissa - posted on 11/03/2009

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What kind of soap/lotion do you use? We used Johnson's and then were told to switch to plain white Dove soap and a thick lotion for dry skin, I use Vaseline Intensive Care

Erika - posted on 11/03/2009

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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

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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

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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

Marta - posted on 11/03/2009

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well all babies skin peels, i have 2 boys and i would use baby oil or baby lotion in the morning and after baths hope it helps

Kayla - posted on 11/03/2009

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Make sure you are using the right lotion too, some lotions say not to use until they are 3 months old. But for the most part it is normal.

Livi - posted on 11/03/2009

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its totally normal both my girls did it and yeah it does freak u out i just used lotion and it helped alot...

Lauren - posted on 11/03/2009

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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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