Baby Skin Rashes

You have just brought home your new bundle of joy. He is as perfect as can be, with ten tiny toes and ten tiny fingers, and a face that makes your heart melt. Oh no! What is that? Suddenly you notice a rash on that perfect little creation. Never fear! Baby’s skin is extremely delicate, especially during the first few months of life, and skin rashes are as common as a cold. Here are some of the skin rashes your baby may experience.

Baby Acne

Zits form on the cheeks, nose, and even on babies buttocks. Baby acne is common during the first few weeks of life. Hormone imbalance causes baby acne, and while it may cause concern, there is nothing to stress yourself over. Baby acne usually goes away on its on within a few weeks. You should avoid using thick moisturizers on baby, which can cause the skin to dry.

Diaper Rash

Another common skin rash experienced by babies, diaper rash occurs on baby’s bottom, and sometimes in between the legs. It is caused by urine and stools setting moisture in the area. Diaper rash occurrences can be minimized by changing babies diaper as quickly as possible when it is soiled. Using a baby powder can keep help keep the area dry, and over the counter creams containing zinc oxide can be applied to the skin when a diaper rash has occurred.

Cradle Cap

Cradle cap is yellow, white, or pink scales on the scalp. Babies develop cradle cap most likely due to hormones circulating through oil glands at full force. It is caused by seborrheic dermatitis, or yeast. While may be something you hate to see, cradle cap will not harm baby. To treat cradle cap, apply a mineral or olive oil to babies scalp, and use a comb to gently scrape the scales from baby’s head. Once you have did this, wash hair with a mild shampoo, such as Johnson & Johnson. The cradle cap should disappear with one or two treatments.


Eczema is red bumps that appear in patches on the skin. It is usually found on the cheeks, knees, and folds of the neck, though it can occur anywhere on the body. This condition can be very itchy and irritating for baby as it becomes inflamed. Eczema is a result of dry skin, most often inherited from either parent. To treat eczema, you may need to visit baby’s pediatrician to get a prescription antibiotic ointment containing hydrocortisone. You should also use fragrence free cleaners and washing powder for baby’s clothing.   

This is not a full list of skin rashes that can affect baby, however, these are the most common rashes you will see in your baby. Do not panic, most importantly, and use the methods given in this article and the problems should be of no real concern.