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Date:6/17/2008

Common Baby Skin Issues Addressed

MT. KISCO, N.Y., June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Baby's skin is particularly sensitive during the first few months after birth, leaving it prone to a wide array of dermatological conditions. According to experts, new parents should be aware of the common skin issues seen in infants and how to treat or manage these conditions:

-- Dry Skin: "This is the most common skin disorder in babies and young

children, and occurs because the sebaceous glands are not producing

enough oil into the skin," says Erin Welch, MD, assistant professor of

dermatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in

Dallas. To help maintain healthy skin, use gently formulated cleansing

and moisturizing products to help seal in moisture, particularly those

that are phthalate-free. "When washing your baby, keep water

temperatures warm or tepid, and use a gently formulated cleanser like

pHisoderm(R) Tear-Free Cream Wash to protect against dryness and leave

baby's skin smelling fresh and clean." Blot baby dry with a clean

towel and apply a baby-friendly moisturizer to further hydrate the

skin.

-- Diaper Rash: The classic signs of diaper rash include small red dots on

a baby's buttocks, groin and between skin folds. According to the

Lansinoh Medical Advisory Board, the keys to preventing diaper rash are

changing diapers often (cloth and disposable, alike) and using

hypoallergenic, alcohol-free wipes. When changing a baby, clean the

area with water and make sure it is completely dry before putting on a

new diaper. Use a diaper rash treatment that protects and conditions

the skin at the same time, such as new Lansinoh(R) Diaper Rash Ointment

that contains a unique formula of Lansinoh's HPA(R) Lanolin, the

world's purest lanolin, microfine zinc oxide and dimethicone -- a

unique blend that offers triple protection.

-- Cradle Cap: During the first three months of life, some babies will

develop cradle cap. The symptoms include scaly, dry patches of flaky

skin on the head, ear, eyebrows and eyelids, along with itching. Dr.

Welch suggests rubbing baby oil onto the affected area and then

cleaning it with a soft brush or washcloth. For many babies, this is

often a temporary condition, not lasting more than a few weeks.

-- Heat Rash: This eruption of little dots and tiny pimples over a baby's

body often occurs when a baby overheats from wearing too many layers of

clothing. Their underdeveloped pores become blocked so that sweat

cannot get out, leading to itching and inflamed skin. If your baby is

experiencing heat rash, apply cold water compresses to the affected

areas, dress the baby in light, breathable clothing (layer so you can

remove clothing as necessary), and try to keep him in airy rooms or

shady spots during warm weather.

For more information about skincare tips and the baby products, visit http://www.lansinoh.com or http://www.pHisoderm.com. If skin conditions persist, speak to a pediatrician.


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