Rashes on a baby’s skin can be uncomfortable or even frightening for new parents, but most of these rashes are harmless and easily treatable.
Common baby rashes include eczema, dry skin and cradle cap. Furthermore, certain infections have been known to cause rashes as well.
Eczema is a common skin condition that causes red patches of flaky, itchy skin. This rash usually lasts from mild to moderate in severity and can be prevented by keeping your baby’s skin well moisturized, according to dermatologist Kate Puttgen M.D.
Puttgen suggests that to cure eczema on your baby’s skin, apply an emollient cream or balm like Mustela’s Stelatopia Emollient Cream or Stelatopia Face Cream several times daily. This will help keep the condition from recurring and becoming more serious.
A natural home remedy for a itchy heat rash is to make a paste with oatmeal and water. Oatmeal contains high amounts of antioxidants, making it ideal for relieving symptoms associated with heat rash.
Neem has been used for centuries as a remedy for various kinds of rashes and itching, itching, and other skin conditions. To use it to combat heat rash, simply grind up some neem leaves with water in a mixer-grinder to create a paste and apply it directly on the affected area for relief from itching and scaling.
Crosby recommends that to prevent future heat rashes on your baby, dress him in loose clothing that allows his skin to breathe. This is an easy and safe way for you to keep your little one’s skin healthy and contented, according to Crosby.
Fungal rashes are an extremely common and relatively mild skin condition that can appear on your baby. This rash causes itching, redness and swelling in their arms, legs and head; it has the potential to spread elsewhere so it’s essential to treat this ailment promptly.
According to Bender, infectious rashes such as thrush, measles, chickenpox and roseola should be evaluated by your pediatrician for the most appropriate treatment. Since these rashes often accompany fever, doctors may need to prescribe antibiotics or antivirals.
Milia are microscopic white spots that may appear on your baby’s nose in the early weeks of life. These are blocked pores and usually go away on their own within a week; however, if not addressed they may linger longer.
Cradle cap is an itchy rash on babies that’s caused by yeast. This common condition appears during their first month of life and can be treated by washing your child’s scalp with coconut oil.
Witch hazel (winter bloom), a flowering plant, may help with dry skin. According to one study, applying witch hazel ointment helped relieve rashes in infants. Human breast milk could serve as an effective and safe alternative to ointments for treating diaper rashes as well.
Rashes are usually harmless and not cause for alarm; however, they can be indicative of an underlying health problem. If your baby develops a rash along with fever or other symptoms such as poor feeding, lethargy or coughing, it’s essential to contact your doctor right away.