When you bring your infant home from the hospital, every little hiccup and spot may cause you to sound your internal alarm. Pediatricians receive a tremendous number of calls about rashes from parents of infants. This guide to some of the more common rashes may relieve your concerns.  We are Child’s World Academy, a caring educational day care in Monroe, CT and Peekskill, NY.

The issue:  Infant acne generally shows up on an infant’s skin within two weeks of birth, and is caused by the hormones of the infant’s mother which are still present in most infants’ systems. Baby acne generally appears as little red bumps and can occur anywhere on the body.

newborn infant acne on cheeksThe solution:  Infant acne disappears on its own within a few weeks, and no measures need to be taken to treat it. Simply wash your baby’s face with water, and pat dry after washing.

The issue:  Cradle cap is caused by those same hormones that cause infant acne. This time, these hormones are leading your baby’s oil glands to overproduce and generate dandruff on the scalp. Cradle cap generally appears as yellow flakes and scales.

The solution:  You can massage petroleum jelly or coconut oil into your baby’s scalp and wash it out using water. If that doesn’t help, try a special brush designed to remove cradle cap, and the scales should fall off easily.

baby with rash on cheeksThe issue:  Infant eczema is very common, but unlike acne and cradle cap, it can bother your little one. Eczema is a red rash that is itchy and irritating, and your baby’s skin likely needs moisture to soothe it.

The solution:  Try a light, hypoallergenic moisturizing cream or lotion. If you don’t see the eczema let up, ask your pediatrician for a prescription cortisone cream.

The issue:  Stork bites are common and completely innocuous. They appear as small pink splotches at the nape of your baby’s neck, and are caused by dilated capillaries in that area.

The solution:  Stork bites will go away on their own, and need no treatment.

The issue:  Mongolian spots more commonly occur in infants who are of African, Indian, or Asian origin. They are often large spots that are grayish-blue in color, and look like large bruises. They often occur on the buttocks or legs. They’re simply a variation in pigment, and are completely harmless.

The solution:  Don’t worry about Mongolian spots, as they will disappear on their own.

Most infant rashes are easily resolvable, and many need no treatment at all. But if you see a rash on your child’s body, and it is accompanied by fever, be sure to call your pediatrician. Call us today if you are looking for caring and educational day care for the summertime. We have two convenient locations, in Monroe, CT and Peekskill, NY. Call and schedule a tour to see our facility and meet our staff.