Baby skin is more sensitive and delicate than ours, which can leave it prone to certain issues. Here are five of them, and how to treat them.

Something that is universally accepted is that babies have perfect skin. It’s soft, plump and everything we wish ours was as we start getting older!

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But, as resilient as baby skin might be, they also have a very delicate epidermis. This means that they are more prone to rashes and flare-ups than adults. And while any minor blemish can send moms into a panic, most of the skin concerns that affect infants are temporary and treatable.

Here are five common baby skin concerns, and what you can do to treat them.

Cradle cap

This common condition is, in essence, the baby version of dandruff, also known as seborrheic dermatitis. It causes flaky, thick skin on an infant’s scalp. In most cases, it goes away by the time a baby is around six months old.

This condition is harmless and can be left untreated. But there are ways to remove the flakes at home. Gentle brushing can help to lift them, as can thorough washing and using prescription creams.

Diaper rash

Diaper rash is something that most parents deal with at some point in their child’s infancy. It presents as a blotchy, sometimes scaly, rash affecting the areas covered by a diaper. The warm, damp environment is ideal for them to grow.

Keeping the area as clean and dry as possible can help the rash to dry out. Be gentle when wiping the area and use mild soaps that won’t aggravate the skin.

Eczema

The most common form of eczema is atopic dermatitis. This variant usually starts in childhood, with many people growing out of it by the time they hit adulthood. In babies, it’s common on the cheeks and scalp, as well as the inner elbows and behind the knees.

A warm bath with moisturizer in the water, followed up with a cream containing soothing ingredients, such as colloidal oatmeal, can help to manage the symptoms.

Heat rash

Babies have a higher body temperature than adults. This is probably why heat rash is one of the main baby skin concerns. It is a result of sweat glands becoming blocked, which is easy because they are not yet fully developed in newborns.

Give your baby some relief by removing some layers of clothing and allowing the skin to cool. Gently applying a damp rag to the affected area can also soothe the skin.

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Baby acne

It isn’t just teenagers who struggle with spots. Babies can get acne, too! Also known as neonatal acne, it affects around 20% of newborns. The cause of it is unknown, but it is most likely hormone-related.

Like many baby skin concerns, this form of acne tends to clear up without intervention. Don’t pick at the blemishes, keep baby’s face clean and avoid harsh or scented products that could worsen the problem.

Looking for expert pediatric dermatologists to see to your baby’s skin? Book an appointment with Dermcare. Because we care about your family’s skin health!