Are you worried about small red bumps popping up on your little one’s sweet little face or in any other part of their body? Babies’ super delicate skin is susceptible to a number of irritations or infections like heat, allergies, dampness, friction, chemicals, etc. This can cause many types of rashes in babies after birth.
Although rashes are usually harmless, parents must make sure to cure them and prevent them from going out of control as they could lead to infections or serious illnesses later on. Here is some useful information about the most common rashes that babies are exposed to. This might help you tackle in case of a rash outburst in the future!
1. Baby Acne
Baby acne usually appears on the nose, cheeks, or forehead. They look like small red eruptions with a white dot in the centre. Baby acne usually disappears within a year of birth. If it does not or worsens despite treatments, consult your baby’s paediatrician right away.
Keeping a baby’s skin clean is the best way to treat baby acne. Gently wipe the affected area using soft cotton material or washcloth. Follow this up with mild moisturization preferably with a natural baby face cream approved by the paediatrician. Do not moisturize excessively as it could block the pores and worsen the condition.
Eczema is another type of rash usually occurring on the face, behind the knees and on the arms. It may be caused by allergies or the skin’s reaction to certain types of food, clothing fabrics, chemicals in laundry detergent or other irritants. It can also be due to a family history of eczema or sensitive skin.
To cure eczema, make sure to keep the affected area clean and dry and follow up with sufficient natural moisturization preferably with a chemical-free, certified organic rash cream. Find out if there is any allergen that the body is reactive to and treat the condition in consultation with paediatric dermatologist.
3. Cradle Cap
Cradle cap refers to the greasy yellowish or brown scales on the baby’s scalp. It usually forms in the first 2-3 months of birth and clears up on its own. Even so, never try to pick at the scales as this could result in infection.
The cradle cap can be treated with coconut oil. This loosens the scales naturally, which then you can gently brush off with a soft brush. In more severe cases, the paediatrician may prescribe an antifungal cream to alleviate cradle cap. There are also special shampoos available to treat the issue of cradle cap.
4. Diaper Rash
A diaper rash can be mild, with only a few red dots or more severe and very uncomfortable. The main cause for a diaper rash is prolonged exposure to wetness or acidity from the baby’s urine or poop. Other possible causes are prolonged contact of the skin with disposable diapers that contain chemicals or fragrances. If neglected, diaper rash can spread to the baby’s thighs, stomach, and even the back over time.
There are many effective ways to treat and prevent this. Keep the area clean and dry and change your baby’s diaper frequently. Wash your hands before and after diaper changes so the rash doesn’t become infected. Gently pat the area dry and apply gentle chemical-free ointment or cream like goodness.me certified organic multi-purpose cream. This helps alleviate the rash and creates a protective barrier on the skin against germs and microbes.
A good tip is to use a bigger diaper and not keep it tight as this allows more airflow. Cloth diapers are a great option as they are gentle on the baby’s skin and good for the environment. Just remember to wash them in fragrance-free and chemical-free detergent.
5. Erythema Toxicum Neonatorum
ETN is more common in full-term babies. It appears on the face, neck, or chest within the first few days of birth. It appears as blotchy red bumps, which can sometimes look pale and raised due to fluid build-up. If the fluid looks like pus, it could be indicating an infection. In such cases, you should consult your doctor for advice.
Miliaria, also called heat rash, usually occurs if the baby is feeling hot and/or sweating excessively. It normally occurs in hot, humid climatic conditions. It could also happen if the baby is wearing too much clothing or if they are in an overly hot or stuffy room. Miliaria doesn’t require any treatment as it heals when the baby cools down or is moved to a cooler environment. If the rash does not go, your paediatrician might recommend a cream or ointment.