Why is Vernix so important?

Vernix on your newborn
Vernix on your newborn

Don’t wash the Vernix!

The white creamy stuff vernix caseosa on your baby when they are born honestly isn’t as gross as you think! Some new parents don’t understand the significance of this sticky white substance but it is a protective layer meant to be absorbed by your baby’s skin.

What is Vernix?

Vernix is a cheese like coating, an oily, waxy matter that is secreted by the skin to help protect and lubricate your baby’s skin. During delivery vernix acts as a lubricant which a lovely help to mamas.

Why not wash off the vernix?

Postnatally it is temperature regulating and antibacterial. Nature is brilliant! Your baby is naturally protected from low temperatures and against harmful bacteria from their new surroundings either in a hospital or at home.

Some babies might have more vernix than others it really depends what week gestation they were born. Babies tend to lose their vernix the more time they spend in utero, you may only see it in their arm and leg creases, others born earlier than 40 weeks tend to have a lot more visible. Leave the vernix on your newborn’s skin it will absorb into their skin like a moisturizer within the first few hours of life.

It is recommended you hold off bathing your baby for the first 48-72 hours. No rush! Your baby is clean and smells amazing!

Ask your doula, or midwife or delivery nurse and OB to leave the vernix.

If you would like to read more about Venix please read this: http://www.scienceandsensibility.org/rub-it-in-making-the-case-for-the-benefits-of-vernix-caseosa/

 

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