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Tiny Bumps on Forehead and Under the Eyes in a Child

author image Kay Ireland
Kay Ireland specializes in health, fitness and lifestyle topics. She is a support worker in the neonatal intensive care and antepartum units of her local hospital and recently became a certified group fitness instructor.
Tiny Bumps on Forehead and Under the Eyes in a Child
Milia are harmless and disappear on their own. Photo Credit Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images

When tiny bumps appear along your child's forehead, under his eyes and even over his cheeks, it's easy to confuse them with acne, even at a young age. Those bumps aren't acne, but are more likely milia, which are small, harmless bumps that occur on young children with sensitive skin. If your child has the bumps, keep in mind that you cannot prevent them and should treat them delicately to avoid scarring.


Milia are small bumps caused by skin flakes that become trapped by the skin. Babies are more prone to milia because of their naturally dry and sensitive skin, but older children and adults are also susceptible. Milia are often confused with baby acne, which is the result of overactive sebaceous glands after birth, but milia have nothing to do with oily skin.


Milia are diagnosed by the small, white bumps that spread over the skin. They're more likely to appear under the eyes, across the cheeks and nose, and over the forehead. Some milia even appear around or in the mouth. Milia are harmless and they go away on their own. Because they're made up of inflamed, sensitive skin, friction and heavy products often make them reddened or more inflamed over time.

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Milia aren't preventable because some children are simply more prone to them. Because irritating products often make milia worse, it's best to keep your child's face clean using a mild face wash and washcloth. You needn't purchase any special treatment creams. As an adult, milia are removed by making an incision in the skin to release trapped skin, but such a treatment is inappropriate for children.


Your child's bumps might look like acne, but they aren't filled with fluid like a pimple. The bump is caused by trapped skin and as such, won't benefit from any type of squeezing and picking. Keep your hands off them and advise your child to do likewise. Acne creams are also inappropriate for a child's sensitive skin, so just continue to wash your child's face and the milia will eventually disappear.

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