Baby Skin Care 2

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Babies are very precious, and so is their skin. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses how to care for a babys skin.

Dr. Hill:

Your babys skin is a protective barrier and makes possible his or her sense of touch. Skin is the bodys largest organ. An adults skin measures 20 square feet and weighs 9 pounds. The thickness ranges from one-eighth of an inch on the palms and soles of the feet, to a mere one twenty-fifth of an inch on the eyelids.

Although a babys skin is similar in structure and function to adult skin, a babys skin is very different in the way it reacts to the environment and the way it needs to be cared for.

A babys skin is thinner, more fragile and less oily than an adults. A babys skin also produces less melanin, the substance that helps protect against sunburn. Its less resistant to bacteria and harmful substances in the environment, especially if its irritated. Babies also sweat less efficiently than the rest of us, so its harder for them to maintain their inner body temperature.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.