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    StarryGrrl posted:
    Hi everybody, I recently gave birth to a sweet baby girl, so I thought I would hop on over to the parenting boards. I looked for a newborn community board, but didn't see one; am I just missing it or does one not exsist? Anyway, I look forward to being a part of these parenting boards.
    I do have one question: I noticed yesterday that it seems DD's skin is starting to peel all over her body. Is this normal for baby skin to do this about a week after birth or is it just a sign of dry skin? I did put some lotion on part of her to see how her skin would react, but it is continuing to peel. Just wondering if this is normal. Thanks!
    MNMommy3 responded:
    Hey StarryGrrl! It is very normal for baby's skin to peel like that. It took probably 1-2 weeks for my LO's skin to stop peeling. Our pedi suggested we use Aquaphor for babies. It worked wonders on her skin. Still, though, at 5-1/2 weeks, her hands and feet are peeling.
    Dan Brennan, MD responded:
    Congrats on the new baby!

    Most newborns will have peeling skin for the 1st several weeks. Generally you will not need to apply anything to the skin for the 1st 2 wks. After that time you could use a mild, fragrance free, hypoallergenic moisturizer (aquaphor, cetaphil, aveeno, etc)

    Hope that helps!

    Dr. Dan
    StarryGrrl responded:
    Thanks MNMommy and Dr. Dan; that's helps a lot. I have a 2.5 year old DS, so I should remember things like this, but it's amazing how much you forget! Thanks again!
    peachyisthelife responded:
    Yeah very normal, but I've been told it doesn't itch or bother the baby at all, and it never seemed to with any of my kids. So I never put any lotion on them.
    Cathryn~~~Jared 4yo~Brooke 2yo~Leah born July 2010
    peachyisthelife replied to peachyisthelife's response:
    And congrats hon!! :)
    Cathryn~~~Jared 4yo~Brooke 2yo~Leah born July 2010
    StarryGrrl replied to peachyisthelife's response:
    Thanks Cathryn!

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