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Skin care for preterm and term neonates
Article first published online: 2 JUL 2009
© 2009 The Author(s). Journal compilation © 2009 British Association of Dermatologists
Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
Volume 34, Issue 8, pages 855–858, December 2009
How to Cite
Afsar, F. S. (2009), Skin care for preterm and term neonates. Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, 34: 855–858. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2230.2009.03424.x
- Issue published online: 13 NOV 2009
- Article first published online: 2 JUL 2009
- Accepted for publication 12 January 2009
Neonatal skin experiences a progressive adaptation to the extrauterine environment during which special care is needed. The immaturity of the epidermal barrier in the neonatal period may cause dry skin, vulnerability to trauma, rapid onset of microbial colonization and percutaneous drug toxicity. This article reviews the practical implications for hygiene, bathing practices, skin integrity, emollient use, infection control and exposure to percutaneous toxic agents in preterm and term infants.