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Old 11-20-2005, 10:23 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My dd has some peeling skin on her hands & feet.
She has not been "over-washed," only bathed every 3-4 days.
Ped suggested regular lotion, but I don't want it to end up in her mouth.
Does anyone have any simple suggestions?
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Old 11-20-2005, 10:33 PM
 
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That's normal, many newborns peel. It will stop soon without you putting anything on it.

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It's completely normal. Almost all babies peel off their top layer of skin the first few weeks after birth. I put apricot kernal oil on my ds, but almost any oil would be fine, olive, etc.
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Old 11-20-2005, 10:37 PM
 
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Oh, and there's no need to bathe even that often. At my ds3's 6 week checkup, I said something about how I thought he needed a bath adn how I'd only bathed him twice since he was born with plain water, no soap, the NP said that's GREAT! There's no reason to bath so often or use soap on a newborn baby. It's not like they get dirty, right? I do soap up his butt once in a while, and now he tends to spit up on his hands and then clench it in his little fists. Peeeyew! So I wash his hands w/ soap once in a while, rinse them off probably daily. Other than that, I take him in teh shower with me once a week or 2 and rinse him off. Everyone comments on good he smells. LOL!
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Yup, just like pp said, newborns' skin peels off after the first week or so. I remember I was really worried and thought ds had extremely dry skin (and that I was doing something wrong ) because it was all peeling just like you describe-- turns out it's totally normal. Once that first layer of skin was gone, my ds hasn't had dry skin since. I don't think we used any lotion or anything...

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yep, its normal like all the pp have said it kinda freaked me out too when that happened b/c it didn't happen with my first...i think it went on for the first few months for it to go completly away...hth
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