Prickly Heat Rash
Mothers know prickly heat rash as “bungang araw,” and it’s also one of the most common baby skin rashes. Medically referred to as “Miliaria rubra,” these heat rashes appear as fine, tiny bumps that could be clear, pink, or red. Newborns usually have them on covered parts or those areas that are prone to sweat and heat, such as chest, armpits, neck, and diaper area.
Onset: Prickly heat rash or “bungang araw” is said to be the most temporary baby skin rashes. They commonly appear on babies during hot, humid weather.
Cause: These common baby skin rashes develop because of blocked sweat glands. Experts explain that the openings of your baby’s sweat glands are so tiny that any kind of irritation can block them. In prickly heat rash, the irritation comes from heat – either from hot weather or being overdressed. Sometimes friction from clothes and ointment applications can also cause irritation.
Remedy: Bungang araw does not require additional treatment other than transferring your baby to a cooler environment and making sure that their clothes are not too thick. It will also help if you give them a cool bath. Please do not apply liniment baby powder to the rashes, but you can apply lotion for dry skin.
Experts say that erythema toxicum is also one of the most common baby skin rashes; it is perfectly normal and is actually expected in some newborn babies. Reports estimate that it occurs in 40% to 70% of newborns. Erythema toxicum looks like insect bites, but remember that they are not. They are also not a symptom of infection.
The rashes appear as flat, red splotches without defined borders. Moms also see a tiny white or yellow, pimple-like dot at the center of the rash. You can find them anywhere on the body, except on the soles and palms.
Onset: Erythema toxicum typically appears in the first week of life and goes away within a week.
Causes: Doctors explain that an imbalance in the fetal and maternal hormones usually causes erythema toxicum.
Remedy: These rashes do not require treatment as they will disappear on their own.
Diaper rash is common baby skin rashes that appear as bright-red patchwork on your baby’s genitals and bottom. Babies often cry because of these rashes as they are sore and irritating.