Indian Pediatrics

, Volume 47, Issue 7, pp 593–598 | Cite as

Skin care for the newborn

  • Rashmi SarkarEmail author
  • Srikanta Basu
  • R. K. Agrawal
  • Piyush Gupta
Review Article


Skin of the newborn differs from that of an adult in several ways. It is more susceptible to trauma and infection and requires special care. Certain principles of skin care have to be emphasized to the mother or caregiver such as gentle cleansing, adequate hydration and moisturization of the skin, preventing friction and maceration in body folds, and protection from irritants and bright sunlight. The initial bath in full term infants can be given once the baby’s temperature has stabilized and the infant is hemodynamically stable. All soaps, cleansers, and syndets should be used infrequently during the newborn period and it is better if their use is limited to groins, axillae and napkin areas. The use of emollients on newborns should be limited in warm weather.

Key words

Newborn Skin care 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rashmi Sarkar
    • 3
    Email author
  • Srikanta Basu
    • 1
  • R. K. Agrawal
    • 1
  • Piyush Gupta
    • 2
  1. 1.Lady Hardinge Medical College and Kalawati Saran Children HospitalNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.University College of Medical SciencesNew DelhiIndia
  3. 3.Department of DermatologyMaulana Azad Medical College and Lok Nayak HospitalNew DelhiIndia

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