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How to Deal with Skin Rashes

How to Deal with Skin Rashes

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As a first time mom, you may get worried when you see your little one develop rashes on his or her delicate skin. But don’t panic. Only a few types of rashes actually require medical attention.

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Harmless Rashes

  • White spots or blocked pores on the face and red blotchy skin are quite common in newborns and take a few weeks to go away.
  • Within a month, the baby may also get pimples (baby acne) on the forehead, cheeks and nose that normally disappear in a few days. Washing the baby’s face with a mild soap and water helps. If the pimples persist 3 months after birth, you need to consult a doctor.
  • After 3 months, few infants tend to develop yellow, scaly, greasy patches on the scalp. This condition is called cradle cap. Sometimes the patches may spread to the face, ears and neck. Gently washing the baby’s head with a mild shampoo helps.
  • Sweat rashes develop in hot and humid weather when the baby’s sweat glands are blocked. They appear as red blisters that disappear without any treatment.

Check with your doctor before applying any ointment or cream to your baby’s delicate skin.

Bothersome Rashes

  • If your child has red, itchy, dry rashes on the face, scalp and body, it could be atopic eczema. When this condition occurs in infants under six months, it indicates that
    your baby is allergic to milk and eggs. Creams and ointments can help soothe your baby’s irritated skin.
  • Nappy rash occurs when your baby’s skin is exposed for a long time to dampness and moisture. Keeping your little one’s skin clean and dry and applying diaper creams
    will keep the problem at bay.
  • At times, dampness may also cause fungal infections. These are usually treated with antifungal creams.

Rashes accompanied by fever or any other abnormal symptom must be reported to the doctor immediately as these symptoms may indicate a viral or bacterial infection.

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