Only a health care provider can accurately diagnose and treat your baby’s rash. This article is for informational purposes only.
Babies can experience a many different rashes such as Eczema, the common diaper rash or nappy rash, cradle cap, roseola and milia.
Eczema is a painful type of rash that is extremely itchy and will become sore and bleeding if scratched. The hands, face, elbows, and knees are most commonly affected and eczema usually runs in families where there is a history of eczema, hay fever, or asthma. Chemicals such as detergents or fabric softeners or some agents in jewelry can also trigger it. Babies will want to scratch the infection, which is very bad since the condition will spread and get worse.
To prevent your baby from scratching let her wear some baby gloves and keep the nails very short. If your baby has a mild case of eczema use a moisturizing lotion on your baby, give her frequent baths, and keep the skin moist. If the eczema is bad, get the aid of a physician. He will be able to help with medications so that the disease doesn’t spread. Sometimes a pet can be the cause for the disease and you might have to get rid of it to help your baby get back on her feet.
The common diaper rash or Nappie rash:
The diaper rash will be red, appear inflamed, and will be in the genital area, the folds of the thighs and around the buttocks of your baby. The affected areas will need to be treated or it might grow into something worse such as a fungal infection or a bacterial one. Usually, yeast infections start in babies that are on antibiotics since the bacteria that keep the yeast infection in check are killed along with the bad bacteria.
Fever and cause oozing yellow patches usually accompany bacterial infections or puss-filled pimples. The main cause of nappie rashes is wetness. Make sure you keep your baby’s diaper dry and change him/her frequently. If you have a place where the baby can play without a diaper on, it will help the rash to heal more quickly too. Using a hypoallergenic powder might also help, especially one that is medicated and with aloe vera in it. If you are using cloth diapers switch to disposable ones without fragrance to help speed recovery as well, or wash the cloth diapers with bleach to kill all the germs.
If the rash doesn’t clear up after three or four days, try an anti-yeast cream for about two to three days. If the rash becomes worse, spreading or becoming open sores contact your physician immediately. Help your baby by giving her frequent baths, keeping the area clean, and let the baby air out after every time you wash her bottom. Secure the diaper loosely to allow some air to move through the area freely which will speed the healing process as well.
Cradle cap will look like a very bad case of dandruff on your baby’s head, or even reddish patches on the scalp. It can also appear on the face and around the nappy area and occurs both in newborns and older babies. This condition will disappear after about a month and to help your baby you should rub mild baby oil into the baby’s scalp, and sponge off the flakes.
Use a hypoallergenic baby shampoo on your baby and leave it on the head for an extended time such as ten to twenty minutes, and use a soft brush to massage the baby’s scalp. If the condition spreads to the face or the neck, make sure you contact your physician so he/she can give you more advice on treating cradle cap.
This is a harmless but uncomfortable childhood disease. A fever and a rash characterize it, and it usually strikes a baby that is between six months and two years old. Roseola is contagious before the rash is visible and is passed among babies through saliva.
To prevent this disease from spreading, make sure you sterilize the toys every few days either with a spray or by running them through a dishwasher cycle. The fever will be about 101 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit, for about 2 to three days. Other symptoms of Roseola include mild diarrhea, a runny nose, decreased appetite, and a pick-red rash over the bum of the baby. Make sure you call your doctor as soon as you see these symptoms since it might be something worse than the roseola.
Make your baby comfortable by giving her cool baths, and give the baby whatever the doctor subscribes. You will just have to let the sickness run its course, and soon the baby will be back to normal. For the rash, there isn’t much you can do since it is a symptom of the disease, except put some lotion on it to ease the itch.
This rash usually occurs about two weeks after the birth of your new baby. It will look like small white spots across the nose, chin, and sometimes shoulders, and feel almost flat and smooth. This condition will seem worst when the baby is about three weeks old and will clear after about 4 to 6 weeks.
Milia spots are harmless, and it is usual for a newborn baby to have spots, blemishes, or these white spots when they are still very young. If this rash is accompanied by a fever or the baby becomes irritable or fussy, make sure you contact a doctor. Also if you aren’t sure that the spots are milia you should contact your physician as well since you don’t want the baby to suffer for no reason.
To help your baby fight the spots, wash her face with very mild baby soap and warm water a few times a day, and pat it dry after. Don’t touch the pimples or apply motion since this will restrict the cooling air to help heal them.
All in all, call your doctor if the rash doesn’t clear up after a few days, if it becomes blistered, develops into open sores, becomes crusty, or if it has a discharge. Good luck with your baby!All in all