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Hello welcome to help dog I'm Dr.
-- there's nothing quite like.
The slow scan of a newborn baby.
But it's also incredibly sensitive -- when conditions like diaper rash.
Cradle cap and X amount imitating you -- -- It's important to know how to -- -- joining me now is doctor -- wasserman and resident pediatrician at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Thank you for being here I'm so excited like oh my god.
Only done -- well anyway listen skin conditions is something that I -- obstetrician and we know nothing about it and my patients ask me all the time so I know that you whether.
Resident expert on this.
One thing that we're pushing his skin to skin contact.
Apps and people are -- sort of really don't know what it is tell me what it is.
Sure so skin to skin contact also -- kangaroo care is very important for babies and their parents in the first days two weeks of life why is that.
The reasons are twofold one the benefit is for the parent it promotes early parental attachment bonding also allows the baby to readily accessible the -- for breast -- -- for the -- there's been positive outcomes studied mostly in preterm infants meaning infants below.
That are borne by -- 37 weeks gestation.
But outcomes including -- temperature.
Breathing rate heart rate as well as improved cognitive and motor growth and development.
So -- skin to skin -- very important at all of some about a couple of good common skin conditions that parents should know -- question everybody has has this baby acne.
-- -- you know they get the the all the little bumps everywhere and their faces.
In the little area here in the chest what do we do -- that.
It's a baby acne is a very common condition often it's concerning for the parents from a cosmetic standpoint and a the good news being that from a medical standpoint it's mostly benign and we'll go away without treatment.
It's merely a temporary action to the remainder of -- estrogen running through the baby's blood studied -- baby it.
Baby -- should go away on its own in the first few days to weeks of life if -- continuous or -- looks like it's getting progressively worse or any of the that's small areas look like they're weeping -- cresting we're having any type of discharge I recommend parent to speak with their pediatrician.
Now another skin condition that a lot of parents deal -- -- diaper rash -- know I had it and it's frightening because -- little buttocks as old.
-- and had Ronnie in.
And but it happens right and if anything it's not negligent caused a lot of -- get paranoid.
It's it's very common especially.
Anywhere in the first year of life most.
Infants in new portal experience that -- at one point or another especially in the first month of life.
It's very common being that the diaper is such a delicate area the skin comes in contact with lots of things -- and still can also -- -- kinds.
Pope Pope I would call abatements and -- you look good.
Yeast infection -- as -- -- some babies can have reactions to the diaper material itself so how do you -- diaper rash first is just general hygiene.
Wiping the baby down with -- fragrance free -- Letting pat dry letting the baby's skin be exposed to air for a little while right.
Then putting on a thick barrier cream anything that's why eight and has a thick paste they'll form a barrier between the baby's skin in the -- to perform the.
Like not like that that's -- banks had a thing for example I got stock on that when my kids were born.
But -- -- usually issue go away.
And if it doesn't then your guess you have to go to other types of more advanced -- Or three of five days if you see it getting worse or your baby is extremely irritable certainly if they have any signs or symptoms of infection are fever than follow up -- the pediatrician.
Nine times that -- -- should go away on its -- with proper hygiene.
Okay I'm gonna put two together cradle cap and -- -- goal a lot hand in hand iPhone app scaly skin.
How we -- that.
Shorts I think you're exactly right they're very similar and they're just different in the distribution in which we see them cradle cap can look almost like they began -- manifesting with small.
White flakes on the scout but it can.
Span the spectrum all the way to thick yellow plaques on the -- On the skin elsewhere -- the rise to -- -- it can be anywhere on the body like that too has a spectrum from just a little bit of irritated redskin says.
To worsening read almost blister like looking skin.
How often she would -- -- newborn and how she would be the new.
It's actually the baby has been floating and -- Warm bath for nine or -- months.
They're gonna come out they're going to be a little pruning their skin is very delicate run for the most part it's important remember -- -- for the most part are clean.
Aside from drool be penal sped up and what's going on in the -- they're clean being.
-- is that our safety use and let's save -- -- -- detergents that are safe to use.
Let's talk -- about those two things.
That's very important remember fragrance free right.
A lot of things that are in common detergents soaps and our chemical that can be irritating the baby's delicate skin these things could include alcohol diets.
Deodorant these things -- babies don't me.
It becomes a business for a lot of full absolutely you just need basis sometimes isn't a look a little clean water and a little poke a little clean cloth.
Should do the trick it goes a long way they go -- should a parent called the doctor -- so far as.
You know that the bottom line we're talking about skin problems -- -- should they called the doctor.
So red -- to be anything that doesn't go away on its own and I would give it three to five day window.
For your newborn certainly if anything -- with a fever a fever being 100 point four or over or 38 degrees Celsius.
I would see the pediatrician.
If anything looks like it's getting a lot worse rather than getting better.
That might be another indication as well.
And when in doubt bring baby to the doctor because not only got you don't want to be going over the counter by some greens that could do more harm -- you're exactly all right well anyway these are of great tips -- -- -- -- -- all bad I think for every parent out there you.
You gave great advice and hopefully we'll see you more like key you Selma and if you have any health hobbies -- -- to me about email me -- -- fox.
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