Skin rashes are very common for a newborn baby, and although some may require supervision and treatment by a doctor, most do disappear on their own.
Here is a list of some of the more common skin rashes in your newborn. Rest assured that most of them will disappear after your baby is a few weeks or months old.
- Neonatal acne, or â€˜pink pimplesâ€™ as they are called, are brought on by the exposure to maternal hormones within the womb. These need no treatment whatsoever and will disappear on their own when your baby is a few weeks old.
- Erythema toxicum is something that looks like mosquito bites. This is also a common newborn rash, and will disappear on its own after a few weeks.
- Mongolian spots are a very common newborn baby skin rash, in dark skinned babies. These require no treatment, and will disappear on their own by the time the baby reaches school age.
- Salmon patches are a simple nest of blood vessels. Also known as â€˜storkâ€™s biteâ€™ when it occurs at the back of the babyâ€™s neck, or an â€˜angelâ€™s kissâ€™ when it occurs between the eyes, the cause may be maternal hormones. These too disappear after a period of time although it is true that some salmon patches never disappear.
- If your baby was born a little late, he may display dry peeling skin. Do not worry; this is a normal phenomenon, and underneath the dry skin is your babyâ€™s soft dewy newborn skin!
- Strawberry or capillary hemangiomas are birthmarks on your newbornâ€™s skin, which are caused by a collection of blood vessels anywhere on his body. These marks may look pale at first, and then acquire color when he grows a little older, and will eventually disappear when he is six to seven years old.
- CafÃ©-au-lait spots are quite common. Known by this name because of their coffee and milk color, these are rashes that will disappear on their own when your baby is a few months or years old. However, if there are too many; at least six or more of cafÃ©-au-lait spots on your babyâ€™s skin, it may indicate a medical condition that has to be treated.
- Port wine stains are flat purple birthmarks. These will not disappear with time, and if you are concerned, you could opt for treatment from a cosmetologist or a dermatologist.
Most rashes are very common and will disappear with time, but if you are concerned, consult your doctor immediately.