A baby rash is one of the most common problems in babies. If you are a parent yourself, or someone close to you has had a baby, odds are that you will have seen a baby rash at some point. It happens in all babies and can be caused by a wide variety of things. Your baby might ignore breastfeeding even though you try to apply Best Breast Milk Storage Bags.
Put simply, a baby rash can be defined as any change in the skin, be it texture, color or both. You may see dark patches, light patches, red patches or just skin color patches. You may see bumps, pimples, sores, scales, or just flat skin.
Is a baby rash usually serious?
To any worried parent reading this, almost all newborn baby rashes are completely harmless and will heal. Furthermore, you can avoid those rashes or heal by themselves given time. This is especially true for the most common type of baby rash, which is a nappy rash. You should always check for the common symptoms of nappy rash before considering that the rash might be something else. There are other rarer skin disorders that cause rashes, but even these are usually not serious. Always remember that a baby’s immune system is undergoing constant development and so coughs, colds, and rashes are to be expected.
So, what are the common nappy rash symptoms?
A nappy rash is a general term for the irritation caused when urine, feces and the damp environment which they cause has a prolonged contact with the skin. It can occur in disposable nappies or cloth nappies. Sometimes a baby might have a reaction to the bleaching chemicals in disposable nappies such as sodium polyacrylate and others found in the polypropylene liner and polyethylene backing. If this is the case, then the simple solution is to switch to cloth nappies. Otherwise, you should work at changing the nappy as soon as the ‘accident’ occurs.
Some useful tips include; letting the skin be exposed to air if possible – this ensures that all moisture can evaporate away, stop using baby wipes which may contain alcohol as this is a further irritant. If you are considering a typical drying powder like talc, I would advise caution because the baby might inhale a large dose leading to various long-term lung problems!
Other common rashes:
If you or your partner has a history of eczema or allergies then your baby will be at a higher risk of developing eczema, but it can occur in anyone. First, you will notice dry skin which gradually becomes scaly. Your baby will start itching at the area causing it to thicken, bleed and become red.
Treatment: The key here lies in preventing the baby from scratching the area, either by cutting their nails short or putting gloves on their hands. Look for any allergies which might be causing the problem such as wheat/gluten intolerance or cow’s milk allergy. Certain soaps, ointments or just long and hot baths could be the cause too. This condition is usually not serious but over time it can lead to infection, in this case, consult your doctor.
A very common condition in the first few months of a baby’s life. Crusty and slightly yellow flakes of skin will drop from the baby’s head.
Treatment: Should go on its own within 1 year. Certain oils and creams may be useful.
This is caused by exposure to the hormones present in breast milk. Usually on the face, but may be present on the neck, back, and shoulders.
Treatment: Normal washing usually suffices to treat this, once every 2 or 3 days. I would only advise plain water or mild soap as normal soaps are known to irritate acne. Never ever give your baby acne medication.