By Marli Naidoo
Babies’ skins are sensitive and can easily develop a rash. Mostly you need not be concerned about it and it will eventually clear up by itself, with the help of a mild ointment.
Baby acne is possibly caused by the exposure to hormones in the uterus. This rash does not require any treatment. However, it could take months for it to clear up.
Erythema toxicum is known as newborn rash, and consists of slightly raised red blotches with yellow or white spots in the centre. In this case treatment is also not necessary.
Mongolians spots occur in some babies who are dark-skinned. They almost look like blue bruises, and are caused by pigment that did not reach the outer skin layer during development. They should have cleared up by the time your child starts going to school.
Cradle cap is common in new-born babies. It manifests in the shape of a yellowish crust on the baby’s scalp. It can also appear behind his ears, on his face and in his armpits. Your doctor will be able to prescribe an ointment that you can apply.
Eczema appears as red, itchy patches. These patches can be found on the baby’s breast, legs, arms, face, elbows and behind his knees and are caused by dry skin and sometimes by allergies.
Small red spots that appear in areas where you baby perspires easily, usually indicate a heat rash. Make sure you keep all these areas dry, and the rash should clear up.
There are many different kinds of skin rashes that occur in babies. Make sure you get to a doctor immediately if your baby presents with any of the following symptoms:
- The presence of fluid-filled blisters or small red or purples spots that occur over the entire body.
- A stiff neck or sensitivity to light.
- Uncontrollable spasms or confusion.
- High fever.
- Unnaturally cold hands and feet.
- Rash does not disappear when you press it against a glass.
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