Newborn and infant skin is very sensitive, and rashes are common. Normal rashes include:

  • Heat rash—a fine red rash mostly seen on the upper chest and diaper area. Avoid over wrapping your baby and use fragrance-free lotion if the skin is dry.
  • Erythema Toxicum—red blotches with tiny white bumps in the center. It appears a few days after birth and may last for 2-3 weeks.
  • Milia—small white dots on the face which are temporarily clogged oil glands. Do not rupture these white dots, they disappear in the first few months.
  • Cradle cap—scaly crusting skin on the scalp or behind the ears. Wash scalp 3 times weekly and use a soft brush or your fingernails to loosen the scale. Applying baby oil to the scalp before shampooing can help to soften the scale.

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