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How to manage a hormonal newborn baby rash

Posted by Karen Faulkner on
How to manage a hormonal newborn baby rash

New babies are born with perfect soft skin. Then within days, their face can resemble a teenager with acne.

So how do you tell if it's a normal hormonal rash/baby acne or something else? For example eczema?



Whereas this one is a normal hormonal newborn rash

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Babies are born with perfect skin. This skin is sterile until the normal bugs that inhabit our environment attack it. A hormonal baby rash often develops on the cheeks and upper chest of a newborn baby.

newborn rash

It looks red and can have a few small whiteheads on them (erythema toxicum). So how do you know what it is? I think as a parent it's very dangerous to look at Mr Google or even at photos in a blog and diagnose your baby! Really I mean it.

Ask your midwife, paediatrician or GP what it is and ask their advice about what to do with it. It just might make a huge difference. After all, you'd feel bad mistaking a rash that you think is hormonal for something that may be eczema or infectious.

This blog has some great info and video/photo's on all things baby rash.

Checking your baby's temperature may give you a clue. However don't guess, get it checked out. There are many many types of rashes and it takes a trained eye to work out what it is.

How you manage your baby's hormonal rash

Pink pimples ('neonatal acne') are sometimes thought to be caused by exposure in the womb to maternal hormones.

No treatment is needed, just time. They can last for weeks or even months on a baby's skin.

Keep your skincare of bub very simple, gentle warm water and cotton cool is all that is needed and pat her skin dry very gently and in time it will disappear and lovely baby skin will return.

Another common newborn rash is Milia.

And this is a blog on eczema

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