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Mom’s Question:

My baby has some kind of a rash on his face, head, neck, belly, and back, how can I know what it is? It seems dry.

And what can I do to get rid of the rash?


Baby Helpline:

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 of 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 appearance 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 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 particularly if cleaned with soap. Baby swim lessons 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 switch to hypoallergenic types and also cut down more or less completely on using soap and shampoo for your baby. Some babies can even be sensitive to the fabrics in their clothes, so testing organic cotton can be an idea.

You can find several tips for getting rid of dry rashes here.

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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Jul 30, 2018Neonatal Acne
by: Anonymous

There’s also a good chance that is baby acne. It’s when they start producing oil and their pores get clogged. Nothing to worry about it goes away after a while. My little guy had it too. If he doesn’t act like it’s bothering him chances are it’s not bothering him

Aug 24, 20186 month old with rash on face and back
by: Anonymous

Hi, it sounds close to what my 6-month-old has; red cheeks and red on her skin and I notice it more at night. Her face has like a rash, I’m not sure what it is.

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  1. Hi Reinaldo! Great that you are so observant. Try eliminating the carrots from his diet for a few days and see if it makes a difference.