Thu. Feb 29th, 2024

National, 13 February 2024 – Kenvue, the world’s largest pure-play consumer health company by revenue, released its latest consensus on ‘Recommendations for Neonatal Skincare Protocols for Hospitalized Neonate’ endorsed by the IAP Neonatology Chapter. The comprehensive recommendations were officially unveiled at PEDICON 2024 which is the 61st National Conference of the Indian Academy of Paediatrics at the IAP Neonatology Chapter, a prestigious medical conference for pediatricians and neonatologists. The recommendations aim to provide neonatologists in India with evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for neonatal skin care in hospitalized neonates and implement skincare protocols grounded in scientific principles and empirical evidence.

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Neonates in NICU are at a high risk of skin barrier impairment due to intrinsic and extrinsic factors including infection due to thermal imbalance, fluid and electrolyte loss, skin injury, and sepsis leading to increased mortality and morbidity. These complications, however, can be reduced if NICUs have established evidence-based skincare protocols and perform skin assessments as an integral part of management.

Today, there are multiple approaches to the quality of neonatal skincare practices in NICUs that impact neonatal outcomes including survival. The consensus intends to bridge this gap by providing clinical recommendations on neonatal skincare in hospitalized neonates.

The recommendations have been built by adopting the Delphi methodology which incorporates views from a scientific advisory board comprising eminent pediatricians and neonatologists across specialties including Dr. R Kishore Kumar, Dr. Arun Inamadar, Dr. Alok Bhandari, Dr. Rajesh Kumar, Dr. Kheya Uttam Ghosh, Dr. J K Mittal and Dr. Pradeep Suryawanshi, Dr. Sanjay Wazir and Dr. Satyen Hemrajani and moderated by Dr. Naveen Bajaj, Chairperson, IAP Neonatology Chapter.

The recommendations provide practical guidance on neonatal skin care for babies in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) including the need for neonatal skin assessment for early identification and treatment of skin problems through screening tools and risk assessment frameworks, the importance of hygiene in NICU babies through stringent hand hygiene practices, cleansing for newborns to reduce infections, when and how to bathe the baby, cleansing with appropriately formulated wipes with mild cleansing agents. Additionally, the paper also covers aspects related to the usage of emollients in preventing transepidermal water loss (TEWL), umbilical cord care, perineal care, Neurodevelopmental Care and regimen, and parent Education during discharge.

Manish Anandani, Managing Director, Kenvue India* said, “When it comes to newborn care, there exist broad variations in routine skin care practices in NICUs in India. With our latest recommendations, we aim to ensure that every newborn not only survives but thrives by providing healthcare professionals with a comprehensive guide of standardized evidence-based skincare protocols. We are proud to release these recommendations in partnership with the IAP Neonatology Chapter to significantly improve the health of newborns.”

Dr. Naveen Bajaj, Chairperson, of the IAP Neonatology Chapter said, “Comprehensive care of neonates admitted in NICU is the key for their survival and early discharge. Skincare of these newborn babies forms an essential aspect of their overall management plan, and is of critical importance in extremely preterm babies, these evidence-based guidelines will help streamline the practice of neonatal skin care, helping to contribute to improved overall neonatal morbidity and mortality, especially the extreme preterm newborns.”

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