You have gone through labour and now it is time to take a small bundle of joy home. Once home, you won’t be able to understand how and why your baby’s skin looks different. It is difficult for new parents to pinpoint a skin issue. Babies cannot tell you anything, so if you have to take them to the doctor, then you have to depend on your instinct. But the good news is that most of the time, the rashes that your child sees are harmless.
Parents may find out to be able to differentiate between individual rashes and seek professional advice after knowing the normal baby’s skin condition. Sometimes skin conditions in children can occur due to several reasons including heat, cold, fungi, bacteria, allergies or wet diapers. Most of the time they are mild conditions that are short-lived and clear on their own. In more serious situations, your doctor may recommend creams and ointments to relieve the problem.
Here is a list of common skin rashes in newborns.
Dry Skin : Dry skin can be seen in almost all infants, especially babies who are born too late. It is nothing to worry about because the skin under it is absolutely good. But if it does not go away on its own after a few weeks, consult your pediatrician.
Neonatal Acne : Some infants may have baby pimples that are not the same type as those affecting teens. They are believed to be the reason for being in the womb. According to WebMD, they clean on their own and do not need medication.
Diaper Rash: Too much diaper wear or too tight wear can cause diaper rash. In this condition, the baby’s skin usually appears red around the diaper area. Keeping the area open for air and changing wet diapers can often help you get rid of it.
Jaundice: Neonatal jaundice is the yellowing of the skin and eyes of a child. It is very common in infants and occurs when they have high levels of bilirubin (the pigment produced during the breakdown of red cells). In most cases, it goes away as your baby’s liver starts to mature. But if this is not the case then consult a doctor.
Mongolian Spots: It is common in children with darker skin and is caused by some pigment that does not make it to the topmost layer of the baby’s skin. It usually disappears within the first 4 years, but may continue for life in some cases.