Skin Care for Babies
Tuesday, August 25, 2009

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

Your babyís skin is a protective barrier and makes possible his or her sense of touch. Skin is the bodyís largest organ. An adultís 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 babyís skin is similar in structure and function to adult skin, a babyís skin is very different in the way it reacts to the environment and the way it needs to be cared for.

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

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