Skin: New Born


When I first set eyes on my newborn, he was red and patchy all over.  Every little spot on him prompted me to bring my son back to the doctor for diagnosis. I soon learned that the rashes in newborns are normal occurrences.  Here is a list of a few just so you can have a clear head as you examine your newborn.  Of course, if you don’t know, seek medical attention.

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Type of Rash

Looks Like




*not contagious

·      Small (1mm) white bumps

·      Bumps may be on nose, cheeks, and chin

·      No treatment is necessary, and the bumps do not cause scars.

·      Disappears over the first few weeks of life.

·      Wash your baby’s face with water and mild baby soap daily, avoid lotions or oils, and never pinch or scrub the bumps.

Seborrheic Dermatitis (Cradle Cap)

*not contagious and will not scar

·      Greasy, scaly, crusty, red, bumpy rash mainly on the scalp, and sometimes behind the ears, armpits, and even diaper area

·      Most commonly present at 6 weeks of age and goes away within a few months

·      Not itchy and not bothersome to infants

·      Shampoo the scalp and other infected area with gentle rubbing to remove the scales, using soft cloth, hairbrush, comb, or even fingernails.

·      Continue to wash the areas once the rash is resolved

Infantile Acne


·      Red, spotty bumps, usually around nose and cheeks

·      Baby acne develops about 2-3 weeks of age that lasts around 2 weeks and then disappears without scarring over an additional 2 weeks.

·      No treatment.

·      Cause is unknown. Possibly due to sensitivity to oil glands to the maternal hormone level during pregnancy.

Erythema Toxicum

(a.k.a. normal newborn rash)

·      Multiple flat, red areas, about 1 cm in diameter

·      In the center, may be a small raised 2-3 mm white or yellow bump

·      Rash occurs in about half of all newborns.

·      Rash starts with small blisters on a red spot on 2nd or 3rd day of newborn and disappears without treatment in 1-2 weeks.

·      No treatment.

·      Rash can look like other rashes; seek medical attention if you have questions or concerns.


(a.k.a. Prickly Heat)

*not contagious

·      Small, clear blister, usually around the nose

·      Caused by production of sweat in warm environment and plugged sweat glands. 

·      More common when the child is dressed too warmly.

·      Keep cool and remove extra clothing.

·      Seek medical attention if you have questions or concerns.

Candidal Rash (Yeast Infection)

*Fungal or yeast infection by Candid Albicans

*Type of diaper rash

·      Intense red, raised rash with a ring of fine scaly border.

·      Around the main area of rash, may have smaller lesions

·      Type of diaper rash around the newborn’s bottoms and genitalia.

·      Rash tends to form where the skin creases and folds because of the warm, moist environment created by the diaper.

·      Treated by medication but tends to recur if diaper is not changed often when the baby is wet.

·      Change soiled or wet diapers as soon as possible.

·      Topical ointments with zinc oxide also provide a barrier and help with healing of diaper rash.

·      Bathing will help to heal the rash.

Seborrheic Dermatitis

*A type  of diaper rash


·      Greasy, scaly, red diaper rash

·      Tends to occur in the creases and folds just as Candida rashes.

·      Rash is not as intensely red or scaly but is moist and greasy in appearance.

·      Not harmful.

·      Treated by medication prescribed by doctor

·      Change soiled or wet diapers as soon as possible.

·      Bathing will help to heal the rash.

Irritant Diaper Rash


·      Red, raised rash

·      Sensitivity skin due to urine and feces build-up in the diaper

·      Rash is mainly on bottoms and frontal part of genitalia and not as much in the creases and folds of skin.

·      Change soiled or wet diapers as soon as possible.

·      Do not use fabric softener as it may irritate newborn’s delicate skin.

·      Let baby go without a diaper for a few hours a day to help heal diaper rash.

·      Topical ointments with zinc oxide also provide a barrier and help with healing of diaper rash

·      Extra bathing will help to heal the rash



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