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Common Facial Rashes in Babies and How to Address Them at Home

Common Facial Rashes in Babies and How to Address Them at Home

Soft, smooth, and spotless – these are the words we associate with baby skin. So, it’s quite understandable for parents to get concerned over facial rashes. The good news is, most facial rashes in babies are harmless: some types are normal and clear up on their own, while others only need simple home remedies. In this article, we’ll talk about mga gamot sa rashes sa mukha ng baby.

What are the common facial rashes in babies?

There are many possible reasons behind your baby’s facial rashes.

For example, an allergic reaction to food, exposure to irritants, and extreme climatic conditions may trigger rashes to appear – not just on the face, but on other parts of the body, too.

To determine when you need to seek medical help, it’ll be useful to know the most common facial rashes in babies. According to experts, they are the following:

  • Erythema toxicum
  • Milia
  • Newborn and infantile acne
  • Heat rash or bungang araw
  • Spit-up rash

Now, the question is: Ano ang mga gamot sa rashes sa mukha ng baby?

Erythema toxicum (ET)

Despite its name, erythema toxicum is nowhere near toxic. In fact, it commonly occurs in full-term babies.

These rashes, which typically look like multiple pink blotches with a white or yellowish “pimple” at the center, may appear within the first few days of life. Newborn babies have them not just on the face, but also on other body parts, except for the palms and soles.

The exact cause of ET is not yet known, but they are not insect bites or a symptom of infection.

Treatment

Although erythema toxicum may look terrible, they don’t cause any harm and usually disappear within a week or two. Treatment is not necessary.

gamot sa rashes sa mukha ng baby

Milia

If you see numerous tiny white bumps on your baby’s face, those are probably milia. These rashes occur due to blocked pores that will eventually open up.

Treatment

There’s no need to treat milia as it doesn’t cause pain or itching. Experts say that you just need to patiently wait. The rashes usually go away within weeks or months after birth.

Baby acne

Acne isn’t just a concern for teenagers and adults; babies can have them, too.

Newborn babies may develop small, red pimples within the first 6 weeks of their life (neonatal acne) or between 6 weeks and 6 months (infantile acne).

Baby acne is a common condition that rarely causes scarring, so there’s usually no need to worry about it.

Treatment

Gamot sa pimple rashes sa mukha ng baby is not necessary since they usually clear up on their own within 3 to 4 months. To help them stay comfortable, gently wash their face with warm water and pat dry. Do not scrub or pinch the pimples.

Bungang araw

Just as adults are susceptible to prickly heat or bungang araw, babies are, too!

Prickly heat rashes manifest as tiny red bumps that cause itching and discomfort. They occur mostly due to blocked sweat glands and are more common during the summertime.

Treatment

Bungang araw typically does not need treatment. You just need to ensure that your baby is cool and not sweating. However, if your baby appears too uncomfortable, they may need topical medicine to ease the itching. Do not apply any lotion, ointment, or baby powder unless approved by your baby’s pediatrician.

Spit-up rash

Excessive drooling, which usually happens when the baby is teething, can irritate the skin and cause spit-up rashes. These rashes appear as red bumps or patches on the baby’s chin, neck, or chest. Not only are spit-up rashes itchy, but they can also cause your baby pain.

Treatment

The best gamot sa spit-up rashes sa mukha ng baby is to keep the face clean and dry. Avoid anything that might further irritate the skin, like harsh soap or rough fabrics. Prepare several clean, soft cloths to wipe the drool immediately. Do not apply any product to the rashes unless you have the signal from the pediatrician.

When to Seek Medical Help

If the facial rashes don’t look like anything we’ve discussed above, they may indicate an underlying health condition that requires medical intervention.

For instance, dry, scaly patches that cause itching may point to eczema. Babies who have a bright, red rash or blister on the mouth may be experiencing hand, foot, and mouth disease, a form of infection. Finally, the appearance of red raised bumps or hives after eating a certain food may be an allergic reaction.

Of course, bring your baby to the doctor, too, if their rashes do not clear up as expected, they appear too uncomfortable, or they have other symptoms like fever.

Learn more about Baby Care here.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Written by Lorraine Bunag, R.N. on Apr 27
Medically reviewed by Ruben Macapinlac, MD, DPPS
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