Parenting is a job that keeps on teaching parents new things every day and one of those things is learning about skin issues that your baby might have. Newborns do not always have the perfect silky-smooth skin and may have some rash, blemishes, or spots. Such skin issues might freak out new parents, but don’t worry! Often, they are harmless and only require a little extra care to be cured.
Diaper rash or nappy rash is the appearance of red spots and soreness on the baby’s bottom. This is usually caused by excessive moisture in that area, little to no air, and irritants such as urine, stool, diaper, soaps, wipes, etc. To cure this baby rash, change the baby’s diaper frequently, and clean it with plain water.
To avoid the rash from coming back, let the baby’s skin breathe and dry properly before putting on a new diaper. Using balm that is specifically formulated to target diaper rash would be helpful as well!
Right before birth, the mother’s hormones travel to the baby’s blood causing excessive oil production. As the baby skin is thin and has not developed pores yet, it can result in acne. This acne appears usually at the age of 2 to 4 weeks and disappears at around 4 to 6 on its own. Fortunately, it is neither harmful nor painful for the baby and as long as you don’t pick, squeeze, or scrub it, it will be just fine.
Sometimes, yellow or pink to red patches appear on the baby’s head called cradle cap. These scaly patches can also be caused by the mother’s hormones which trigger abnormal oil production in the baby’s oil glands. They might not be great to look at, but they do not bring any harm to the baby and disappear within 4 to 6 months after baby’s birth.
If it does not go away even after 6 months, it might be a symptom of eczema. Massaging the scalp with olive oil before bath and using a medicated shampoo can help cure this.
Prickly heat or heat rash appears as tiny red spots on the baby’s skin. It can usually be found on the face, neck, and armpits. It occurs due to the clogging of oil ducts during hot weather and does not allow perspiration, resulting in heat rash.
It usually goes away in a week or so on its own, but it causes itching and inflammation which can be a source of discomfort for the baby. You can easily cure it by giving the baby cool baths and avoiding the application of oily products on the skin during hot weather.
Atopic eczema or atopic dermatitis appears as flaky dry skin on the baby’s face and may spread to other parts of the body. This itchy baby rash can also be sometimes accompanied by fluid-filled pimples which may burst and ooze under pressure. Eczema is usually caused due to hereditary reasons. Giving your baby cool or slightly warm baths will help a lot, paired with massages of light moisturizers.
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For a start, if you already know what your baby’s skin type is, you can browse by searching up products that will work for their skin! It’s a small step, but you will learn a lot along the way and eventually, you will know what works great on your baby and what doesn’t. All the best, mummies and daddies!