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Vernix Caseosa

Ever wondered what that white cheesy substance is on your fresh baby?  It’s called Vernix!  It starts to form on your baby’s skin around 20 weeks.  What’s exactly in vernix?🤔



Scientists have identified lipids, amino acids, proteins, antibacterial, and antimicrobial compounds such as:

 ❤️ wax and sterol esters
❤️ ceramides
❤️ squalene
❤️ cholesterol
❤️ triglycerides
❤️ phospholipids
❤️ and amino acids, asparagine and glutamine

61% of these proteins can only be found in vernix 🤗




Phototgraph by BedHeadBirth

What are the uses of Vernix? 📚 

📌it acts as antibacterial agent to protect baby inside and outside the womb 

📌protective covering while going through the birth canal  

📌allows baby to pick up good back bacteria and leave behind overgrowth of bad bacteria 

📌protects baby from meconium exposure(baby’s first poop) 

📌it acts as insulation by maintaining your baby’s body temperature.  Infants who are immediately washed have a significantly higher rate of heat loss 

📌acts as a lubricant and decreases friction during birth and reducing infant trauma 

📌it smells like mama and helps keep baby calm after birth 

📌your baby swallows Vernix in the womb. The same proteins found in vernix are the same as those in breastmilk. This helps baby’s digestive tract to be ready to breastfeed. 

📌keeps baby’s skin soft and subtle

📌increase in breastfeeding rates

📌helps control blood sugar level



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 Many policies in the hospital system are outdated but still practiced.  We were taught that Vernix was a risk of germs.  You can ask staff to please reduce rubbing of baby to preserve Vernix on baby’s skin!  When baby has his first skin to skin contact with you, this is the perfect time to rub it in, not rub it off.



MAJORITY OF VERNIX IS ABSORBED 24 HOURS AFTER BIRTH BUT ISNT FULLY ABSORBED TILL 5-6 DAYS AFTER BIRTH!   LETS GIVE OUR BABIES TIME ABSORB THIS DELICIOUS CREAM THAT SCIENTISTS ARE SO DESPERATELY TRYING TO DUPLICATE BUT CANNOT!