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Skin and Nail Care

Skin Care

The skin of newborns will often peel, especially on the hands and feet. Most infants do not need special skin care (other than the diaper area), but you can use a mild lotion or cream if your baby's skin becomes dry or scaly.

Nail Care

Keep your baby's fingernails and toenails trimmed to prevent scratching. File nails with an emery board or trim them with baby scissors or baby clippers. Be careful—the nails are very soft and may be difficult to distinguish from the tip of the finger or toe. It may be easier to trim the nails when your baby is sleeping.