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Child having dry skin and lot of red areas. Using cetaphil. What to do? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 04-Jun-2013
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Doctor:Good morning
Doctor:Please proceed with your query
User:Hello XXXXXX.. XXXXXXX here
User:our 4 months daughter is having very dry skin...
Doctor:Please use a good moisturizer like Johnson's Baby oil every 2 to 3 hours on her body
User:because of that there are lots of red areas at her forhead and cheeks
User:We are using Cetaphil as recommended by our child doctor
Doctor:Cetaphil is good as well
Doctor:continue it
User:but there is not much improvement by using that
User:there are kind of small cracks appearing on that red part....
Doctor:How long are you using it for?
User:1 month
Doctor:Don't use soap on her for some time now
Doctor:Use plain water for her bath
User:I can send you the photo of affected area of the baby, if that helps
Doctor:Keep using cetaphil
Doctor:Yes sure
Doctor:Please send it
User:We are not using soap, we always use milk
Doctor: YYYY@YYYY with subject as attention to XXXXXX
User:ok.. give me 1 min.. sending..
Doctor:Give me a minute
Doctor:I will check for it
Doctor:Thanks XXXXXXX
Doctor:I have seen the picture
Doctor:Seems like she is having lot of exfoliation
Doctor:How old is the baby?
User:4 months
Doctor:She is feeding well on the mother's milk?
User:yess... we are giving her mother's milk only
Doctor:That is great
User:and feeding is good as well
Doctor:Let me tell you a few things
Doctor:Newborns usually get these skin patches and dryness and scaling in the first 6 months
Doctor:That is how the new skin is formed
Doctor:There is nothing to worry about this
Doctor:As she completes 6 months it will gradually fade away
User:good to know that nothing to worry :-)
Doctor:Yes, it is normal for infants
Doctor:New skin will grow and she will be better soon
Doctor:please continue to use only milk for her bathing
Doctor:Continue to use Cetaphil every 2 to 3 hours
Doctor:Be very gentle on her
User:oh!! okay
Doctor:But, this is how the skin falls off, and new skin is formed
Doctor:It is a normal phenomena
Doctor:Do not let outsiders to touch her more
Doctor:As the skin could get infected
Doctor:Let only few people handle her
User:ok.. sure... just to add one point, sometime some very small amount of water comes from the affected area.. hope that is also normal ?
Doctor:Yes, it is also normal
Doctor:Was she born at term?
Doctor:After 9 completed months?
User:8 months 20 days
Doctor:That may be the reason for this
Doctor:Nothing to worry but, she will be fine by 6 months
User:sure.. Thanks Doctor :-)... just one more quick question...
User:she is having lot of hair falls from last couple of days... hoping that is also normal in babies ?
Doctor:You are right
Doctor:Babies born before 9 months have abundant hair
Doctor:Naturally, they fall off after birth
Doctor:New hair and new skin will eventually grow
Doctor:Smile please, nothing to worry
User::-).. Thank you Doctor.. you are always helpful
Doctor:Thank you too
User:you might not remember, but we have consulted 4 to 5 times from you... you are always good at the consultation
User:Thanks doctor... have a good day
Doctor:Thank you, but there are many users with the name XXXXXXX so unable to guess which one
Doctor:Thank you too
Doctor:Have a great day ahead
User:not a problem, I understand
Doctor:Take care
Doctor:Bye for now
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