What Does Your Baby's Rashes Mean and What You Should Do About It
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Sometimes, your baby will have rashes caused by irritants and hormonal changes that usually go away on their own.This is due to the fact that infants have yet to develop their immune system and that makes them vulnerable to bacteria, fungi, and viruses.In rare cases, rashes could indicate a serious problem that you should watch over.If your baby becomes sick at the same time when the rashes appear, consult your baby's doctor immediately.

Neonatal AcneBabies sometimes develop pimples on their cheeks, forehead, and nose within a month after birth.These baby acne may worsen then clear up after a few weeks or months, and should not be treated with acne medications designed for children and adults.Simply washing your baby's face with water and a mild moisturizer will improve the skin's condition.

Cradle CapCradle cap manifests as yellowish and greasy scaly patches on your baby's scalp, face, ears, and neck.This condition is not itchy but if it is, your baby may have eczema.Cradle cap may develop in babies within two or three months after birth and will go away on its own.

Contact DermatitisContact dermatitis appears as a patch of tiny and scaly blisters that crop in an area, such as the neck, groin, waist, and wrist.It usually occurs if your baby's skin comes in contact with irritants like a new cream, lotion, food, or plant.The blisters can be small or large that last for days and will disappear on their own.

EczemaEczema is sometimes caused by food allergies like egg and milk in babies under six months.But the version called atopic eczema that affects babies and children can continue into adulthood.The symptoms of eczema include itchy red, dry or cracked skin that can be relieved by creams and ointments.

Erythema ToxicumIt manifests as a blotchy skin reaction that may develop in babies that are two- or three-days-old.This is a normal skin condition in babies that will clear up on its own.

HivesHives appear as raised, red itchy rashes on the skin triggered by substances from food and chemicals.It is caused by a chemical in the body called histamine that triggers allergic reactions.Hives can be managed by antihistamines that your baby's doctor can prescribe.

ImpetigoIt is a highly contagious bacterial infection that manifests as blisters and sores on your baby's skin.You may visit your baby's doctor for an antibiotic prescription to clear the infection within a week or so.

MiliaThese are tiny white spots that may appear on your baby's face after birth.Milia usually go away within the first four weeks of your baby's life.

Nappy or Diaper RashRashes may develop on the nappy area of your baby when it becomes irritated.It usually caused by prolonged exposure to the baby's wee and poo.Other causes of nappy rash include fungal infection or a rare skin condition.You can help clear out the nappy rash by keeping your baby's skin clean and dry and applying a barrier cream on the area.Antifungals may be used if the nappy rash is caused by a fungal infection.

RingwormRingworm is commonly caused by fungal infection and manifests as red rashes in circle form.It can appear on your baby's scalp, groin, and feet, and is usually treated with over-the-counter creams.

ScabiesThis is commonly caused by an infestation of tiny mites burrowed in the skin of your baby.If your child is suffering from scabies, that means at least one other family member has scabies.Creams designed to treat scabies must be used on all family members at the same time to become effective.Scabies appears as tiny and very itchy spots on most areas of your baby's body.

Slapped Cheek SyndromeIt is a viral infection common in babies and children.Slapped cheek syndrome manifests as a bright red rash on both cheeks along with a fever.Typically, the skin condition goes away after a few days but if it persists, consult the baby's doctor immediately.

Sweat RashSweat rash or prickly heat appears as tiny red blisters and bumps on your baby's skin.It happens when your baby's sweat glands are blocked by several layers of clothing in a place with high temperature and humid air.

What to Do after Spotting Something on Your Baby's SkinBe mindful of what you give to your baby, particularly food and drinks, because they may be allergic to it.Common food allergies are egg and milk but may involve more, such as applesauce and yogurt if your baby has begun eating solids.New baby products like creams, lotions, powders, shampoos, and soap may also trigger allergic reactions.Simply stop giving the most recent food or stop using new products on your baby to clear out the allergy.

If the rash or skin anomaly is not caused by allergic reactions, it may be an infection caused by bacteria, fungi or virus.Visit your baby's doctor immediately to have this treated.

- Common irritants from cosmetic products that cause skin rashes in babies and children are sunscreen, products with triclosan, lotions, baby wipes and washcloths, laundry detergent, fragrant shampoo and conditioner, fabric softener, and pesticides.

- Sunscreens may contain an active ingredient called para-aminobenzoic acid that can irritate your child's skin.Do not use sunscreens that have N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide or DEET in them.DEET is an insect repellent that can easily be absorbed by the skin because of the common ingredients in sunscreens.

- Use sunscreen products with DEET levels between 10 percent and 30 percent on children older than two months of age.

- Never use sunscreen products with DEET on babies younger than two months of age.

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