Rashes in Babies

Rashes in babies are extremely common. Dr Ranj Singh explains the common types and when you should see a doctor.

Rashes in Babies

Rashes are extremely common in babies and most of them are completely harmless. By far the most frequently occurring rash in newborns is something called erythema toxic—it sounds serious, but isn’t at all. Small red spots or patches, sometimes with yellow/whitish centre appear within the first week of life and then get better by themselves within a week or so.

There are a number of other common baby rashes. Cradle cap is characterised by thick scaly skin on the face and forehead. It gets better with time, or creams and shampoos available from your pharmacist may help. Baby acne, which also happens on the face, is a result of mum’s hormones and usually settles by itself.

Eczema can also affect babies, especially on the face and creases of the skin, and simple emollients can help this. Nappy rash is irritation in the nappy area, usually caused by the skin being in contact with the nappy contents. Changing the nappy as soon as it is soiled, leaving it off to air the skin, and using a barrier cream can help sort this out.

If your baby has a rash that is getting worse, or they are unwell with it, or the rash looks vesicular (like the spots are filled with fluid) then they should get checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

voice: Dr Ranj Singh