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Dry Skin

Newborns

Newborns often have dry skin especially around their wrists and ankles. This “normal” dry skin will improve on it own. It is okay to use lotion if desired. We use Aveeno lotion on our children as it is gentle and effective.

 

Beyond the newborn period

When children have dry skin, I recommend daily baths and lots of lotion. Daily baths of 5 to 10 minutes maximize skin water absorption and minimize skin oil loss. Immediately after the bath, towel dry them and cover them with lotion. For most cases, I recommend Aveeno, but if it is really bad you might try aquaphor. Aquaphor works well, but is greasy. If your child’s skin is not improving, see your doctor.

 

Written April 2010 by
Dr. Gordon, Orlando Pediatrician

 

 

 

 

 

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