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Baby Face Rash

An outbreak of skin rashes on a baby's face and other body parts may be due to eczema, acne, hives, and other skin problems. To understand more on baby face rash causes and treatment, read on...
Ningthoujam Sandhyarani
Last Updated: Apr 4, 2018
The main reasons for baby face rash are, extreme sensitivity of the skin and a less developed immune system. Of the several cases, rash in winter and summer is a frequently reported condition. It may be manifested immediately after birth or within a few weeks after birth. Whatever the case, rashes on the cheeks of your little angel can be quite an unpleasing situation. There are certain tips that you can follow to restore your baby's soft skin and hasten the rash recovery time.
Probable Causes
Majority of the new moms are concerned as to what triggers development of rashes in babies. The root causes are exposure to foreign agents (may be clothing, food), hormonal changes, excess sweating, and elevated temperature. Skin conditions that result in rashes on the baby's face are urticaria of the newborn (toxic erythema), baby acne (3 weeks old baby), eczema (1 month old baby), heat rash, hives, and rubella. Milia is another case that causes small white or yellowish bumps on the baby's cheeks, nose, and chin.
In rare cases, cold sore and yeast may affect babies, resulting in rashes on the face. Based on the causes, a newborn face rash can be flat, or raised from the surrounding skin areas. According to pediatricians, introducing baby formula in an early period can trigger the outbreak of rashes and/or eczema on the baby's face, neck, and any other part of the body. These rashes can be itchy and disturbing. And the worst is that babies cannot express their discomfort condition. Thus, it is very important for every parent to understand the signs and treatment options of rashes, so as to make the baby comfortable and sleep properly.
Treatment and Remedy
Needless to mention, a newborn baby's skin is very sensitive and should be nurtured carefully. If rashes are erupted within the first few weeks after birth, treatment is usually not necessary. In fact, don't touch it frequently or apply treatment creams. Just see to it that the baby feeds properly and gets lots of sleep. At the same time, adopt basic skin care tips and wait for improvement signs. Most likely, the skin rashes will disappear in the next 2 - 3 days.
There are also chances that the baby rash is caused due to infection. In such a case, selecting the correct treatment method is easier said than done. On the safer side, seek a doctor's advice about mild and safe medicine for addressing baby's face rash. He/she will examine the skin symptoms and try to find out the causes. It is possible that the dermatologist prescribes application of plant-based oils and creams(such as lavender oil) for dealing with newborn face rashes.
In addition to the therapeutic ointment for curing rashes on a baby's face, what is more important is to take a note of the effective home remedies, especially in terms of baby skin care, clothes, and feeding. In case you suspect that supplementing baby food is causing the rash, then immediately stop feeding such baby formula. Instead, you can exclusively breastfeed the baby, until the symptoms of rashes disappear completely. Or else, change the baby food after taking advice from the doctor.
The diet of the lactating mother may also be a cause for developing baby rash. For example, consuming excess amounts of nuts may lead to allergic symptoms in the breastfeeding baby. Considering this, ensure that you follow the doctor's suggestions regarding your diet plan. Also, rubbing the baby's face against tough and hard clothes may trigger skin reddening and onset of rashes. In order to avoid such cases, wearing soft and clean clothes is advisable for both the baby and the mother.
Last but not the least, use a perfume free, mild detergent for washing baby clothes, bedding, blanket, and others which come in direct skin contact with the newborn. This simple approach will surely help in avoiding baby skin irritation to some extent. While stepping out in the sun, make sure you cover your baby's skin as far as possible. With stringent care from the caregiver's side, baby skin rashes will resolve within a few days to a week's time.
In most cases, rashes in a baby's face subside when they turn 3 months old. If the skin eruption (either on face or other body portions) persists for a longer period and is associated with fever, less feeding, and irritation, then it is high time you visit a doctor. Get the condition checked by a qualified pediatrician and avoid any associated complications.
Disclaimer: This article is intended for information purpose only. Do not use the information presented herein as a substitute for medical practitioner's advice.