The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 62, Issue 2, pp 237–239 | Cite as

Is vernix caseosa a protective material to the newborn? A biochemical approach

  • Souad M. Baker
  • Nura N. Balo
  • F. T. Abdel Aziz
Original Article


Twenty random samples of vernix caseosa were collected from immediately born neonates, in Jamahiriya Hospital, Benghazi. Biochemical studies of these samples revealed presence of lipids (62.5%) proteins (36%) and carbohydrate (1.5%). Also we could observe inhibition of staph. aureus and klebsiella growth on nutrient agar by this vemix. This observation could be explained either by its higher asparagine content or by its elevated lipid component. In addition tripalmitin was found to be the major lipid constituent, responsible for its hydrophobic property. So we recommend leaving this vernix layer on newborn skin until spontaneous drying.


Maternal Smoking Tripalmitin Allergic Disorder Cream Cheese Chloroform Methanol Mixture 
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© Dr. K C Chaudhuri Foundation 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Souad M. Baker
    • 1
  • Nura N. Balo
    • 2
  • F. T. Abdel Aziz
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of NursingAl-Arab Medical University Faculty of MedicineBenghaziLibya
  2. 2.Department of Laboratory Medicine & Genetic Research UnitAl-Arab Medical University Faculty of MedicineBenghaziLibya
  3. 3.Department of Laboratory MedicineAl-Arab Medical University Faculty of MedicineBenghaziLibya

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