NNASA together with SOMSA, NEA as well as Consultants from paediatrics and dermatology at UCT formed the working groups that drafted the 1st South African Neonatal Skin Care Guideline.

The aim of this skin care guideline is to provide evidence based, contextualized guidelines for the care of full term, healthy neonatal skin.

Complications in skin conditions and special populations, such as preterm and critically ill infants are outside the scope of this document. 

This document is based on the third edition of the AWHONN Neonatal Skin Care Guidelines, however all sources and recommendations were checked by the working groups, updated and contextualized for the South African context. This was done with permission of AWHONN following a presentation by AWHONN representatives at a consultative meeting in April 2017 where the AWHONN Neonatal Skincare Guidelines were launched.

Topics discussed :

A. Vernix caseosa recommendations:

B. Cord care recommendations:

C. Bathing recommendations:

D. Buttock care recommendations:

E. Neonatal Male Circumcision recommendations:

F. Disinfectants recommendations:

G. Emollients recommendations:

H. Medical Adhesives recommendations:

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