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Can I pick off my baby’s peeling skin?
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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Just leave it alone.
It will simply fall off on it's own. If you are worried that the skin is so dry that it may be getting cracked in certain locations (wrists or ankles in particular right after birth), try applying some vasoline or aquaphor ointment. In due time, the old (dead skin) will simply fall off as you bathe your baby and the new skin underneath will be nice and soft.

In brief: No
Just leave it alone.
It will simply fall off on it's own. If you are worried that the skin is so dry that it may be getting cracked in certain locations (wrists or ankles in particular right after birth), try applying some vasoline or aquaphor ointment. In due time, the old (dead skin) will simply fall off as you bathe your baby and the new skin underneath will be nice and soft.
Dr. Lisa Roberts
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Dr. Stephen Hefler
Pediatrics
In brief: No
Not necessary to do so, with moisturizers, the dead skin will come off by itself.

In brief: No
Not necessary to do so, with moisturizers, the dead skin will come off by itself.
Dr. Stephen Hefler
Dr. Stephen Hefler
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