Doctor Lawrence Jaeger understands newborns’ parents concerns and has provided exceptional skin care treatments for infants suffering from dry skin.
New parents tend to worry a great deal about every little thing with their precious little one.  One area that makes moms and dads worry a lot is dry skin.  Most babies do have some dry skin and this is perfectly normal.  For normal, mild dry skin, you should limit the baby’s exposure to soaps and you can apply moisturizers like Vaseline, Eucerin, Vanicreme or Aquaphilic.

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If the dry skin seems to be quite severe, it may actually be eczema or another skin issue.  For these situations, you should have the baby evaluated by a general practitioner or by a dermatologist like Dr. Lawrence Jaeger.

Babies and children can get dry skin just like adults do. In fact, because young skin is more delicate, it’s more susceptible to becoming dry.

Cold, dry outdoor air and indoor heating can rob skin of its natural moisture in the winter. And if your child is prone to dry skin, he’ll break out in dry patches in the summer as well, because the summer sun, air conditioning, salt water, and the chlorine in pool water can all be drying.

Bathing dries a child’s skin because it removes the skin’s natural oils along with the dirt. But as long as you take a few precautions, even daily baths shouldn’t be a problem.

Instead of a 30-minute bath, cut bath time down to about 10 minutes. Use warm water – not hot – and soap up sparingly. In fact, using a fragrance-free, soap-free cleanser, which is much less harsh than regular soap.

Let your child have her playtime in the tub before you wash her, so she won’t be sitting in soapy water. And don’t leave the cleansing bar floating in the tub. You’ll probably want to cut bubble baths out of your child’s routine – or at least limit them to special occasions.

While bath oils may seem like a good idea, they can make the tub dangerously slippery, and most of the oil slides down the drain anyway. Applying an emollient (skin moisturizer) after bathing is a better route.

Lawrence Jaeger is a Board Certified Dermatologist and has over twenty-five years experience treating patients with all forms of Dermatologic disorders