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Will my babys skin peel forever?

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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
No: Most newborns' skin is dry and flakes for approximately 4 weeks. Lotion is not necessary, and in some cases may actually irritate the skin. If your baby's skin continues to be dry after that time, he/she needs to be examined to determine if they have eczema or another skin condition.
Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics 27 years experience
No: After birth there's a lot of peeling, especially of skin near the wrists and ankles. You can think of this almost like a dead layer of "lizard skin" that needs to be shed. The skin underneath that is healthy and normal-- once that top layer of dead skin peels off, your baby will be fine. If the peeling continues past a few weeks, talk w/ your pediatrician.
Dr. Carol Jacobs
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: Remember, you baby grew up in a bag of water while you were pregnant. The first layer of skin often peels during the first few weeks out in the air. Sometimes the scalp will peel longer - called cradle cap. Use a baby eczema cream after bathing - avoid excessive soaps. If the peeling is assoc with blisters or redness have your MD check it out.

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