Newborn skin care

Semin Perinatol. 2013 Feb;37(1):3-7. doi: 10.1053/j.semperi.2012.11.008.


Many organ systems undergo significant and rapid changes during the transition from an intrauterine to an extrauterine environment, especially those which serve as interfaces between the infant and the external environment. Historically the skin care methods employed during and after this period of rapid physiologic change have been derived from individual anecdotal experience or cultural tradition, rather than evidence-based or pathomechanistically derived data. While research in this area has historically been limited, it is increasing in scope and volume, and recent work has shed light on the changes experienced by the cutaneous organ during this period of transition. This increased understanding has driven new recommendations in skin care protocols for newborn infants and neonates.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Baths / methods*
  • Dermatitis, Atopic / immunology
  • Dermatitis, Atopic / prevention & control
  • Detergents / adverse effects
  • Emollients / therapeutic use
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Female
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Humans
  • Infant Care* / methods
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Pregnancy
  • Skin Care / methods*
  • Skin* / anatomy & histology
  • Skin* / embryology
  • Skin* / immunology
  • Vernix Caseosa / immunology


  • Detergents
  • Emollients