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Skin Problems That Commonly Affect Babies

Skin Problems That Commonly Affect Babies

As parents, you probably are facing or will face problems regarding your baby skin. As a mother, you would invest in  new mother nursing products and getting more knowledge to be better parents. Below are some skin problems that commonly affect babies. 

Saliva-related Allergies

An allergy to saliva that wets the mouth and chin is the next form of skin allergy in infants and children. Babies and children with this allergy will develop a crimson rash and tiny lumps in their mouth, chin, and chest when they come into contact with saliva.

Parents are not always aware of their children’s saliva allergies. Rashes and small pimples on newborns and children’s skin are sometimes misinterpreted as an allergic reaction to the food they eat. Saliva allergy isn’t something to be concerned about. If the rash becomes crusty or yellow in colour, you should consult a doctor right once since it could be an infection.


Eczema affects at least ten percent of all children around the world. Food allergies, allergic rhinitis, or asthma can cause this form of skin allergy in newborns and children.

Eczema is characterised by a rash on the face or head in newborns and toddlers. The rash spreads to the chest and arms after that. Eczema is commonly accompanied with dry, thickened skin, as well as recurring skin infections, in addition to the emergence of a rash.

Although the exact cause of eczema in infants and children is unknown, avoid using harsh chemicals in bath soaps or laundry detergents, as well as rough towels or clothing on babies and children, to prevent eczema from worsening and recurrence.

Several of the skin allergies listed above are common in newborns and children. You can take safeguards against these problems if you know who the originator is. Consult a doctor if necessary to learn what causes allergies and how to treat them.

Acne on Baby Skin 

About 20 percent of all babies in the world get baby acne. It usually heals on its own within the first few months. It may appear in the form of pimples, white spots or a mild rash. Acne or small white spots called milia usually appear on the face, especially on the nose and chin. It does not itch and does not bother the little one. It is caused by immature sweat glands and possibly also hormones from your pregnancy. It will go away on its own without treatment.

While most baby acne will go away on its own, if your baby’s condition is severe or you feel anxious to see it, please talk to your baby’s healthcare provider.

Peeling on the Skin

In the first few days, you may also find your baby’s skin peeling a little, especially on his palms, soles and ankles. This is normal, especially if the baby is born later than the date he or she is expected to be born. After a few days, the exfoliation will disappear. You can ask your baby’s healthcare provider if you want to use baby ointment or moisturizer.


Some babies get scalp or seborrheic dermatitis – a skin problem that looks like crusty or scaly patches on the scalp or eyebrows. This is a very common skin problem. It may start in the first few weeks and usually last for weeks or months. Fortunately, this type of skin problem is usually completely cured when the child is between eight to 12 months old.

To help reduce scalp, you can apply a moisturizer or oil such as organic oil on the problem area and massage it gently to soften the scalp. Wait a few minutes, then brush gently to remove the debris. Then you can wash your baby’s head with a gentle shampoo specially formulated for babies.

Gwendolyn Carter

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