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Infant has dry skin on legs and face. Is oil massage and soap usage recommended?

our baby girl is 3 months old and has got dry skin especially legs and face. And even both cheeks of the baby becomes red and dry many times. What should i use or now, following questions are in my mind: 1. whether to do oil massage of baby or not? If yes, which oil massage would you recommend? 2. Whether to use soap or not? If yes, which soap would you recommend? 3. whether to use skin moisturiser or not? If yes, which one would you recommend? 4. whether to use face cream or not? If yes, which one would you recommend? 5. whether to use shampoo or not? If yes, which one would you recommend?
Asked On : Sat, 27 Oct 2012
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Pediatrician, Neonatology 's  Response
Looks like your baby is going in for early signs of infantile eczema or (a topic dermatitis)
No oil massage-only smearing with baby oil like Johnson's
No soap or shampoo
No face cream
Avoid chemicals!
Consult a dermatologist or pediatrician if it increases and becomes itchy!
All the best
Answered: Sat, 27 Oct 2012
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Pediatrician Dr. Sudha Shree Venkataraman's  Response

Is it just dry skin or you see scales along with itching? If so she might be having atopic dermatitis. in simple words its allergy that affects the skin and may run in families. You can have it checked by your pediatrician.
Yes, you can do oil massage. For babies Olive oil or coconut oil are better.
Yes, you can use soap. Avoid the ones that cause dryness. Oilatum soap is better for dry skin.
Yes, you can use skin moisturiser. Atogla lotion will be good. The same can be applied on the face. No separate face creams are needed.
Yes, you can use shampoo. Normal baby shampoo will do.
Hope you find my answer useful.
Answered: Sun, 28 Oct 2012
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