Ask A NurseCategory: Baby’s Skin CareWhat is that white sticky substance covering my baby’s body at birth?
Anonymous asked 2 years ago

What is that white sticky substance covering my baby’s body at birth?

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Elika Roohi Staff answered 2 years ago

Most babies are born with a white creamy coating on their skin called vernix. It protects your baby’s skin, keeping it soft. It’s sticky and may not come off during bathing. Sure, baby may not be considered “picture perfect” but there’s no need to rub it off—let it wear off on its own –it’s healthy best for his or her skin.