Babies are tiny creatures that are not spared of rashes despite their smooth, soft skin. At some point of the baby’s life, rashes appear but are just minor rashes that may heal in no time. There are several baby rashes but here are common the common rashes observed:
This appears to be a thick, yellow, crusty patch on the scalp and ears. This is common and can be self-limiting. Usually this can last for a few months after birth.
This appears to be a patchwork of red skin or pinkish skin found at the baby’s buttock. This is mostly referred by mothers as “nappy”.
It appears to be fine, clear red spots on the skin. This is expected when a baby is exposed to hot temperature and humid weather. This is also referred as prickly heat (miliaria rubra).
Babies also experience eczema that presents patches of red, scaly rashes and itchy skin.
This can be observed after the baby is born and is a few weeks old. This is also referred as neonatal acne which is characterized by an appearance of whiteheads, blackheads, and pustules on nose, scalp, cheeks and forehead.
Babies who experience fever, especially high fever, may develop skin rashes. The baby’s skin will be pinkish with reddened patches.
This is a contagious skin problem that does not spare babies. The skin rash appears to be tiny red blisters at localized areas such as the face and hands.
Babies who drool excessively are prone to such rash. The rashes appear around the mouth. This is observed to babies who are in the teething stage.
Baby Rashes Causes
The causes of these rashes are due to some factors that each of them commonly has.
Cradle cap is usually experienced by babies a few weeks after birth. This cannot be prevented for this is a natural phase that a baby undergoes after birth.
Diaper rash or nappy is a very common skin rash that a baby experiences. This is due to the infrequent change of diapers that makes the baby’s skin irritated. Prolonged skin contact to a diaper with urine or feces and moisture is tantamount to the exposure of bacteria.
Heat rash or miliaria is due to the underdeveloped sweat glands making thermoregulation not fully attained. Babies are also prone to this condition when they are overtly bundled up or are exposed to heat.
Eczema or dermatitis is due to an allergic reaction that the babies may develop. The babies have a sensitive skin that makes them prone to rashes.
Baby acne is triggered by the maternal hormones that he/she gets after birth and even before.
Fever rash is due to the increase in temperature. This can be self-limiting as the body temperature returns to the normal rate.
Impetigo is a skin infection that is caused by the bacteria Stahylococcus or Steptococcus. This is highly contagious and needs to be watched out after to avoid spread.
Drooling rash is due to excessive drooling that is experienced by babies when they’re in the teething phase.
Baby Rashes Treatment
In treating these conditions, getting to know the causative agent or factors shall assist a mother or father in the treatment course.
Some rashes are self-limiting, meaning they tend to disappear in days or months without treatment. But the most common cause of these rashes is because of heat. Heat can be avoided by keeping the baby cool and by regulating the temperature. As these rashes can promote discomfort and itching, make sure that the baby can’t scratch the affected skin. When it comes to diaper rash, mothers should change the diapers as frequently as possible if needed. If the baby is known to be allergic to the diaper, changing the type of diaper used is necessary.
Application of calamine lotion is also recommended on the affected area to attain a soothe feeling for the baby.
Application of skin moisturizers is also advised or just keeping them moisturized is enough. When the rashes are due to a bacterial infection, asking for the doctor’s prescription is suggested. Having the doctor’s assistance is a must when these rashes seem not to go away.
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