Beautiful Vernix - Reasons To Delay That First Bath!

Beautiful Vernix - Reasons To Delay That First Bath!

Have you ever noticed the white, creamy substance covering a newborn’s body?  Almost like cream cheese?  Depending on who you ask, you either get “Eww, gross!” or “Wow, amazing!” 

It’s called Vernix Caseosa, or simply vernix.  This coating develops in utero through the sebaceous glands around 20 weeks gestation and forms a protective layer on the baby’s skin.  With it’s waxy, waterproof properties, it keeps their skin moisturised in the amniotic fluid - without it, their skin would look as if they had a long, hot bath: like a shrivelled up prune.

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