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Skin peeling in newborns (also known as desquamation) is a common and normal phenomenon for babies in the first few weeks of life.
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It usually begins on the face, scalp or hands and feet, but can also spread to other areas of the body.
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The cause is believed to be related to hormones passed from the mother during pregnancy that are still present in the baby's skin at birth.
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Typically, skin peeling begins within a week of birth and ends between two to four weeks after birth.
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Skin peeling can cause dryness and flaking, which is why it’s important for parents to keep their baby’s skin moisturized with gentle products such as hypoallergenic lotions or creams.
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If the baby’s skin becomes infected due to excessive cracking or peeling, a doctor may prescribe an antifungal ointment or cream to help clear up the infection.
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In some cases, skin peeling can be associated with other medical conditions such as eczema, psoriasis or even a fungal infection.
So it’s important that parents consult with a pediatrician if they have any concerns.
In most cases, however, skin peeling in infants is relatively harmless and will go away on its own without causing any complications.