White spots? Itchy red bumps? Don’t panic! Most baby rashes are not dangerous and will fade in time. But it is always worrying for a parent when their bub has a skin rash, so here’s a guide to some of the more common ones.
Types of baby rashes
Red rash in the nappy area = Nappy rash
Change nappies regularly and protect the skin with a zinc oxide cream. Allowing the skin to “air” will help to dry it out.
Red, raised rash with distinct borders and surrounding spots = Candida
A yeast or fungal rash, this requires anti-fungal cream from your doctor.
Red, raised bumps or pustules on the face = Neonatal acne
This usually clears up on its own by the age of two months with no long-term effects.
Small, clear or red bumps, often where clothes are tight = Heat rash
A harmless rash, this will usually disappear within a few days.
Small white bumps on a newborn’s face = Milia
This is not contagious and will clear up on its own within a few weeks.
Scaly, bumpy rash on baby’s scalp = Cradle cap
This is not contagious and will resolve by itself. A little olive oil and a gentle rub with a facecloth can help remove scales.
Red, itchy, flaky patches on different areas = Eczema
Moisturisers can help mild eczema, but if it’s more severe, see your doctor for a proper diagnosis and medication to ease the symptoms.
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