Importance of Skin Function

Infant skin is delicate and still developing through the first months of life. Learn about the importance of keeping baby’s skin healthy and intact.

Hands holding feet of a newborn baby

Skin plays a critical role as a barrier between the body and the external environment. A healthy skin barrier provides protection from irritants and infection, minimizes water loss, ensures proper temperature regulation and helps protect from abrasion. Keeping baby’s skin healthy is important for overall health.

For more information on the skin barrier and structure, characteristics of healthy skin and the protection benefits it provides, as well as anatomical differences between preterm and full-term infant skin, download the PDFs below for education and training:

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