The Skin of a Newborn Baby

Besides all the noises that newborn babies make, their skin is the thing that parents (and grandparents) wonder about the most. This makes sense, because it's right there to see, and it changes a lot during the first few weeks of a baby's life.

Think about where your baby came from. Inside mom's uterus, his skin was always warm and wet. The temperature stayed pretty much 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Nothing changed for nine months. Then, all of a sudden, the baby is out, and her skin is exposed to air, light, blankets, clothing, and lots of hands ... Hmm ... It's really different out here!

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Thanks to Janelle Aby MD, Stanford School Of Medicine, Newborn Nursery, and Lucille Packard Children's Hospital for the use of occasional photographs.