How to Check Common Infant Skin Ailments

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Common infant skin ailments include eczema, caused by dry skin, and cradle cap, which produces dry skin on the scalp. Use lotion, especially after bathing and in dry climates, to prevent skin problems on babies with advice from the mother of three young children in this free video on baby care.

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Hi, I'm Erica and we are in Salt Lake City, Utah, and I'm going to talk to you today about common infant skin ailments that babies can have. The most common is usually eczema, where they have dry skin. Usually on their cheeks they get rosy cheeks that is a common sign of dry skin. They can have cradle cap, which is on their head, and it looks like little crusties all around their head. You can avoid that by just using the soft bristle brush that you can get from the hospital when you have your baby to wash the baby's hair and kind of scrape off any dead skin that there might be. And in a drier climate, if you live in a drier climate, be sure to use lots of lotion. There are also different brands that you can use. Get the extra creamy stuff that will stay on the baby, whether it's dry, and especially if it's cold, too. You've got to use lotion all the time. Usually right after the bath will keep the moisture that they get from the bath in the skin, so be sure to use lots of lotion. And if it gets any worse, then take them to your family physician and get them checked out.

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