A blemish on your baby's perfect skin isn't pretty, but it's probably perfectly normal.
- A red rash with small yellow spots is commonly called newborn rash, but its real name is erythema toxicum.
- It appears as big pimples that look like mosquito bites.
- This harmless rash occurs most commonly on the second and third day of baby’s life.
- Don’t squeeze these spots.
- The rash will clear on its own.
- Pesky pimples aren’t just reserved for adolescence!
- An excess of your hormones coursing through your newborn’s body after birth, and blocked sebaceous glands, can cause spots that look similar to adolescent acne.
- Don’t squeeze these pimples; they should clear up within a few weeks or months.
- If they persist, ask a dermatologist how to proceed.
- Small white bumps over a baby’s face, typically over the nose, cheeks and chin, are called milia and are caused by blocked sebaceous glands.
- These glands get blocked because they’re not quite developed yet, so oil gets trapped and forms spots.
- Almost all newborns sport signs of this harmless rash, which should clear up in a few weeks or months.
- There are two types of birthmarks in babies – pigmented ones, which include moles, and vascular birthmarks, which are caused by blood vessels.
- Pigmented marks are usually permanent.
- Vascular birthmarks, such as port-wine stains and stork bites, usually disappear sometime during early childhood.
- Some may require medical treatment, so it’s best to consult a dermatologist.
- Sometimes the skin cells on your baby’s scalp grow a bit faster than they fall off, and extra oil production causes a layer of crusty yellow-brown scales to stick to your baby’s scalp.
- This is cradle cap, and it is not at all painful.
- Gently loosen the scales so that they can be removed.
- Rub baby oil, olive oil or aqueous cream onto your baby’s scalp before combing out his hair.
- See your GP if you’re still worried.
- You may notice a ne, red pimply rash appearing when your baby is out in the sun too long or too warmly dressed.
- The rash shows up on the neck, face and body.
- When your baby sweats from being too hot, his pores clog and cause the rash to develop.
- To cool him down, give him a lukewarm bath and don’t overdress him.
- A red, scaly rash over your baby’s face, arms, neck and armpits can be eczema.
- This dry rash can even cause your baby’s skin to blister or crack.
- Eczema is usually a reaction to creams, soaps, detergents and other substances that come into contact with the skin.
- Consult your GP for the best treatment option for your baby.
- Wash his clothes in mild, fragrance-free detergents and use aqueous cream or fragrance-free soaps and lotions on his skin.