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Common Skin conditions in Newborns

Posted on 22nd May, 2019

A newborn’s skin is still in the development stage and needs special care. At this stage, it is common for the newborns to experience skin conditions such as skin rash, diaper rash, skin peeling, acne, and pimples. These conditions are mainly because of the exposure of the newborn’s skin from the water-like environment of the womb to the dry environment after birth. Let’s have a look at how these conditions impact your newborn’s skin.

Baby acne

Baby acne takes the form of pimples, whiteheads or minor skin rash on baby’s face. It occurs in approximately 20% of all newborns. Small white pimples called milia appearing on the face, especially nose and chin, are the result of immature sweat glands and hormones from pregnancy. They don’t bother your baby and go away on their own. Regular wash of the baby’s face with a baby syndet instead of a soap is more than enough to treat baby acne.

Skin peeling

In the initial few days, it is common for the baby’s skin to peel slightly, mainly in the palms of the hand, the soles of the feet and the ankles.The skin peeling will go away on its own. Baby ointment and moisturizer can help in these conditions.


Eczema or atopic dermatitis is a condition characterized by dry, flaky, bumpy and itchy red skin. It is more common in newborns having a family history of the condition and in some cases, it is due to the allergies. Gently oil massage your baby’s skin and avoid prolonged baths. Prevent your baby from coming in contact with irritants to get rid of this condition.

Cradle cap

Cradle cap or seborrheic dermatitis is a skin condition causing scaly patches on the scalp or eyebrows of the baby. It starts in the first few days and usually lasts for weeks or months. It usually resolves when the baby attains eight to twelve months of age. To soothe the crusty patches, massage it gently with a moisturizer or oil and comb after a few minutes to remove the flakes.

Diaper rash

Diaper rash is another skin condition in newborns which demands proper care. Effective cleaning and making use of baby wipes can protect the baby’s skin against diaper rash.

Most of these skin conditions resolve on its own, once the baby’s skin matures. If the condition persists, feel free to visit the doctor anytime. Happy parenting!

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