Further About Rash

I did some research about baby rash in the internet. I know it is a common problem for babies in the first year to have rash, and some even said that it will disappear without treatment. However, seeing so many red patches on my baby skin is quite worrisome.

This is what I found so far about rash:

Types of rash
Milk rash: A spotty red facial rash is common in a baby’s early months. It is not related to milk and soon disappears.

Chapped skin: This is a facial rash caused by strong wind or dribbling saliva while teething. Apply soothing cream or petroleum jelly.

Dry skin: This is common in winter. The skin is rough and may be itchy. If severe it may lead to eczema, so early treatment is important. Instead of soap, use a bath oil such as Oilatum or Emulsiderm. Lift child carefully from bath. Pat skin dry, and apply an oily moisturising cream.

Nappy rash: Nappy rash is usually caused by contact with soiled and wet nappies.
Prickly heat: Tiny red spots with blisters may appear if skin is over-heated. Bathe in lukewarm water and dry carefully.

Urticaria (hives or nettle-rash): Skin has typical raised white wheals, with redness of surrounding area. This may be an allergic reaction to food, medicine, or contact with a plant (such as a nettle), clothing or animal fur. To relieve swelling, apply cold compress (flannel wrung out in cold water), and calamine lotion.

Preventing rashes
A young baby’s skin is easily irritated, so always use mild soap or bath lotion, and consult your doctor if you are worried. It helps if your baby wears soft cotton material next to the skin, and if you use non-biological washing powder when laundering. Always rinse clothing thoroughly to remove any traces of detergent.

Never use steroid (hydrocortisone) creams on your baby’s skin, unless your doctor prescribes them.