Is your infant suffering from a rash on his facial or chest area and you are left questioning its origin and classification? Many new parents will become alarmed, when their child presents with a skin rash or irritation. They will work diligently trying to form a conclusion and link it to a contributing factor.
Eczema can be very alarming, when it makes its presence on your child’s cheeks, skin folds, and arms or legs. This red, dry crusty rash will appear in patches of an array of sizes. While eczema will normally appear with the first six months of life, some children may not exhibit signs of eczema until they are older, but no later than five years of age.
It is crucial that all parents control their emotions, when their infant exhibits a skin rash. Most of these rashes are harmless and will have the appearance of a reddened, flat, scaly, and bumpy skin texture. It most often than not, appears a lot worse than it truly is, but this does not mean that you should avoid seeking its origin or treatment, since it can be very difficult to diagnose a baby rash.
Diaper Rash in Babies
A diaper rash is pretty much self-explanatory, since the rash will appear on the skin areas, underneath the diaper. Most diaper rashes are caused from over-exposure to urine, feces, and moisture, this is why it is very important that you change your infant’s diaper very often.
A form of yeast-like fungi better known as candida albicans is linked to diaper rash and thrush (oral). Yeast love dark, moist skin areas, so that is why they are most often found underneath the diaper and skin folds. This rash has a reddened rash with bumpy edges, which is not the same as the traditional diaper rash.
Treatment for candida infection of the skin on children is Diaper Rash, Cradle Cap Skin Ointment. Antifungal topical creams are also very beneficial in treating skin yeast infections in children.
Treatment for Eczema
Eczema is an atopic dermatitis, which can be treated with baby moisturizers, topical steroids, antihistamine creams, hydrocortisone creams, and immunosuppressant drugs(Cyclosporine). Seek the advice of your pediatrician, if your newborn or small infant has developed a rash that appears to be eczema. It is best to avoid attempting medicating small infants.
Identifying or diagnosing a rash can be very difficult. Most often than not, you will need to consider any changes that were made in the infant’s diet, clothing, diapers, laundry, and new environmental exposures.
Baby Heat Rash
A heat rash is very commonly seen in children. A heat rash is linked to a blockage of the skin pores, which is most often noted during the summer months. When the pores become blocked, this will alter the perspiration process, so the child will not sweat. The sweat will form within the skin and a blistery, bumpy, reddened rash will appear.
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Baby Rash On Chest
Erythema toxicum is very commonly seen in newborn. This yellowish/white papules (bumps), which is surrounded by a circular reddened skin area. This will appear on the facial and chest area, but can also be seen on the, abdomen, upper thighs and arms, as well. This skin condition will normally disappear, as fast as it appears after a few short hours or days. It is not uncommon for the rash to linger around for several weeks or months, which may be alarming to a new parent, so if you have concerns about erythema toxicum neonatorum, you should seek the advice of your pediatrician.
Toxic erythema is normally not treated, because it is harmless.
Baby acne will have the appearance of small, white or red papules (bumps) or pimples, which will appear soon after birth on the back, chin, cheeks, and forehead. It can be triggered by heat, anxiety, saliva, milk regurgitation (spit-up), and attire.
Baby acne does not require treatment and will quietly disappear over time.