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Objective: Newborns require special care because their skin is much more sensitive and thinner than adults. From the products to be selected to the umbilical cord care; prevention of the pus; Parents and health professionals should pay attention to some important points in so many issues ranging from bathing conditions. In this study, it is aimed to systematically examine the studies about skin care of newborns. Materials and Methods: A total of 2792 studies published between 2012 and 2019 were examined. A total of nine publications were included in the study and evaluated in terms of comparison, limitations and results. Results: From the few studies with comparable data, there was no evidence that there was no significant difference between the tested washing products and the water or the tested baby wipes and water. There was some evidence to suggest daily use of emollients in a full-body bath. However, the use of olive oil or sunflower oil for the baby's dry skin may adversely affect the skin barrier. There was no evidence of hair/scalp care or baby massage. Conclusion: Although there is evidence of significant randomized controlled trials comparing the use of certain products to water or another product alone for bathing, cleaning and diaper care, the strength of this evidence is low due to the inconsistency of the outcome measures in terms of treatment area or time. It is recommended to increase the number of randomized controlled trials with the appropriate methodology for skin care of newborns.
Keywords: Newborn, Skin care, Nursing care
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