Neonatal skin care: a concise review

Int J Dermatol. 2013 Jan;52(1):14-22. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-4632.2012.05687.x.


Skin care practices play an important role in the health of well newborns and hospitalized neonates. Fortunately, for many aspects of neonatal skin care, there exist evidence- or consensus-based recommendations to guide best practices. Based on our review of the recent medical literature, we include in this manuscript the current recommendations regarding neonatal skin cleansing and antisepsis; umbilical cord care; use of emollients; and prevention of diaper dermatitis. In addition, we review the recommended practices for preventing and treating pressure ulcers, wounds, and other skin injuries in hospitalized neonates.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Dermatitis / prevention & control*
  • Dermatologic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Diaper Rash / prevention & control
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Skin Care / methods*
  • Skin Care / standards
  • Umbilical Cord


  • Dermatologic Agents