In general, babies’ skin is considered cherubic and flawless, appearing so smooth and soft that it is hard to resist the temptation to touch it. However, it is not in such a state from the beginning. At birth, babies are suddenly exposed to a dry environment after residing in utero continuously immersed in amniotic fluid. Thus, birth marks the onset of an acute physiological adaptation process during which the skin transitions to a totally new environment during the neonatal period. This transitional adaptation is evident in changes in the skin surface, particularly the stratum corneum (SC).
|Title of host publication||Neonatal Skin|
|Subtitle of host publication||Structure and Function, Second Edition, Revised and Expanded|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 2003 Jan 1|
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