Baby skin is quite different from adult skin, and it is important for nurses and other health care professionals to understand these differences. Soap can alter newborn skin pH, causing skin breakdown and irritation. For example,the Neonatal Skin Care: Evidence-based Clinical Practice Guideline, 3rd Edition recommends the following considerations for cleansers:
Choose cleansers with preservatives that have demonstrated safety and tolerability for newborns. Preservatives are usually needed to prevent the overgrowth of microorganisms that may occur with normal use, but preservatives may result in skin irritation or contact dermatitis. The Neonatal Skin Care Guideline shares a great deal of information on the use of soap. Read the bathing section, beginning on page 12.
AWHONN's evidence-based guidelines can help you determine which products are most suitable for developing newborn skin.
This video with David Mays, PharmD, MBA-Director of Global Scientific Engagement, Skin Care, for Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.—will bring the role of cleansing into perspective and clarify the attributes that make a cleanser ideal.