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    What we know today about applying oils to newborn skin

     

    References:

    1.     Cooke A, Cork MJ, Victor S, Campbell M, Danby S, Chittock J, Lavender T. Olive Oil, Sunflower Oil or no Oil for Baby Dry Skin or Massage: A Pilot, Assessor-blinded, Randomized Controlled Trial (the Oil in Baby SkincaRE [OBSeRvE] Study). Acta Derm Venereol. 2015 Nov 9.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26551528

    2.     Okada H, Kuhn C, Feillet H, Bach J-F. The “hygiene hypothesis” for autoimmune and allergic diseases: an update. Clinical and Experimental Immunology. 2010;160(1):1-9. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2841828/

    3.     Williams H, Stewart A, von Mutius E, Cookson W, Anderson HR; International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) Phase One and Three Study Groups. Is eczema really on the increase worldwide? J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2008 Apr;121(4):947-54.e15.

    4.     Simpson EL, Chalmers JR, Hanifin JM, Thomas KS, Cork MJ, McLean WH, Brown SJ, Chen Z, Chen Y, Williams HC. Emollient enhancement of the skin barrier from birth offers effective atopic dermatitis prevention. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2014 Oct;134(4):818-23.

    5.     The Barier Enhancement for Eczema Prevention (BEEP) Study http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/cebd/projects/1eczema/beep-maintrial.aspx

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    7.     Danby SG, AlEnezi T, Sultan A, Lavender T, Chittock J, Brown K, Cork MJ.  Effect of olive and sunflower seed oil on the adult skin barrier: implication for neonatal skin care. Pediatr Dermatol. 2013 Jan-Feb;30(1):42-50.

    8.     Darmstadt GL, Saha SK, Ahmed AS, Ahmed S, Chowdhury MA, Law PA, Rosenberg RE, Black RE, Santosham M. Effect of skin barrier therapy on neonatal mortality rates in preterm infants in Bangladesh: a randomized, controlled, clinical trial. Pediatrics. 2008 Mar;121(3):522-9. 

    Lisette Hilton
    Lisette Hilton is president of Words Come Alive, based in Boca Raton, Florida.

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    • LisaEris
      I grew to the beliefs of my parents that olive oil and sun flower oil are good for the skin. Recently, I also heard that oil does more harm than any good to skin of newborn babies. Though, current studies is conflicting, I also agree, that it is better to encourage new parents to prevent applying both to newborn babies because it might cause dryness on the sensitive skin of your babies.

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