Iatrogenic cutaneous injuries of the neonate have decreased in number in the last 30 years because of changes in the medical procedures during the prenatal, perinatal, and postnatal periods.
The emergence of such cutaneous injuries derived from the use of instruments, blunt and sharp, from manual manipulations, from medications, and from hesitation or abstaining from intervention.
The dermatologist, unfamiliar with handling of neonates in the nursery, should be capable of recognizing and dealing with these phenomena when encountered in the acute stage or with their residue.
Metzker A, Brenner S, Merlob P. Iatrogenic Cutaneous Injuries in the Neonate. Arch Dermatol. 1999;135(6):697-703. doi:10.1001/archderm.135.6.697