Baby Acne Caused By Allergy?
Was wondering what causes baby zits or baby acne? I am a mum of five kids and my 4 week old has got pimples all over! Never recall any other having them. Is it an allergic reaction to her formula maybe?
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Baby Acne - Causes And Treatment
Most likely your 4 week old simply has normal baby acne
. It is not very pretty, but clears without treatment. Don't try to cure it in any way and don't use extra soap or creams.
Baby acne is caused by hormones
and some 20% of all newborn babies are affected. It is more common among boys than girls.
In most cases baby acne clears within weeks, but it can some times take up to a few months. The rule of thumb is to talk to a Dr. if it hasn't cleared within three months or so. You can read more about newborn baby appearance here, including baby acne.
And of course also talk to a doctor if it gets much worse or if you think it is not just baby acne. I don't think it is the formula, though, the way you describe it. A rash related to formula would have to do with milk protein allergy. In such case, the rah would not be pimples; rather red and dry.
If it would be milk protein allergy, your baby should also have belly issues, such as pain and loose or hard stools and vomiting more than the average baby. So unless your baby has these issues too, or isn't thriving, you could just wait for a couple of months and see if the acne disappears.
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