When a baby’s skin in still developing in the womb, it’s covered with a thick, white, cheese-like layer called vernix caseosa.
Its main jobs?
To help protect delicate skin from the acidic quality of the amniotic fluid and to help keep infection at bay.
What is the white stuff on a newborn baby?
Vernix caseosa, also known as vernix, is the waxy or cheese-like white substance found coating the skin of newborn human babies.
Why are some babies born with lots of vernix?
Vernix is also believed to protect from infection, so these days babies are not washed as quickly, and the vernix isn’t wiped off when a baby is born.
Are all babies born with vernix?
The vernix caseosa is a greasy, cheese-like coating that covers babies’ skin during their time in the womb. By week 40, the vernix is mostly gone. Babies born earlier tend to have more vernix than those born later. If your little one arrives a few weeks before his due date, he might still be well coated.
What is vernix and what is its purpose?
It’s this coating that protects an unborn baby’s skin from the fluid. Without this protection, a baby’s skin would chap or wrinkle in the womb. The vernix caseosa contributes to babies having soft skin after birth. It also protects your baby’s skin from infections while in the womb.