My baby has some kind of a rash on his face, head, neck, belly and his back, how can I know what it is? It seems dry.
And what can I do to get rid of the rash?
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Different Types Of Baby Rashes
There are several different types of rashes that babies can get and without knowing your baby’s age and actually see the rash, it is not really possible to say what it is. I think you should show the rash to your baby’s health care provider.
Here are a few different types rashes that you can consider and also discuss with the Dr:
- Newborn baby rashes. When newborn, many babies get all sorts of weird-looking skin issues, like baby acne, milia, skin shredding, and different types of marks. Many of these are, however, not typically just dry. (You can read about newborn baby apperance here.)
- Eczema due to food allergy or intolerance. You don’t say how old your baby is or if he is breastfed, formula fed or even eat solid foods. Babies’ rashes can sometimes be related to some food intolerance – for breast milk or formula fed babies, milk protein allergy would be the most likely explanation in this case. But such allergy also comes with other symptoms, such as tummy pain, and bowel movement issues.
- Eczema or dry rash due to sensitivity to soaps, detergents et cetera. Too ambitious washing can easily lead to a dry eczema for the baby. A dry rash or eczema can also occur in cold weather, if the baby spends a lot of time inside, or if the baby is bathing often and particulraly if cleaned with soap. Baby swim lesson in chlorine water can also make a baby’s skin very dry. Just a dry rash or an actual sensitivity to the soap or detergent used are like look the same, so tricky to know which. But you can try to swith to hypoallergenic types and also cut down more or less completely on using soap and schampoo for your baby. Some babies can even by senstive to the fabrics in their clothes, so testing organic cotton can be an idea.
But do get some help to evaluate the rash and some first hand advice on how to deal with it.
I hope this helps,
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