How to Treat Baby Face Rashes

While you may think your new baby will be born with fresh, smooth and perfect-looking skin, his skin will be sensitive, which makes it prone to many skin imperfections for the first few months of life. A baby's immune system is still maturing, so environmental irritants may have a greater impact on the face than it does for adults or more mature children. Rashes and skin conditions, such as eczema, cradle cap and milia, are common and may go away over time. Treating the rash is only necessary if it is causing your baby pain or your pediatrician recommends it. Some natural and mild remedies may soothe your baby's face rash.

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Step 1

Select a mild healing ointment to use on your infant once or twice per day. You may already have an ointment or lanolin around the house for healing diaper rashes and sore nipples from breast-feeding. The ingredients in these types of products are soothing, hydrating and mild enough for your baby's skin.

Step 2

Use a cotton swab for application. This prevents contamination of the product as well as the skin. Put a thin layer of the ointment on the baby's face where the rash is present. Use only a thin layer so your baby does not rub the ointment into her eyes or mouth.

Step 3

Monitor your baby's progress. If the skin breaks, you may need to use an antibiotic cream to help treat the issue. Consult with your pediatrician to confirm that he approves of this method of treatment.

Step 4

Limit contact with the affected area. Touching it or allowing your baby to rub it can only make the rash worse. Only cover the rash with a bandage if absolutely necessary. Air exposure may help the rash heal. If your baby is rubbing or scratching the rash, you may want to cover it loosely with a bandage.

Step 5

Call your baby's pediatrician if you suspect she has a skin infection or a rash that's spreading, with symptoms such as redness and warmth, bumps that are filled with pus, fever and fever blisters, advises Kids Health.

Things You'll Need

  • Mild healing ointment

  • Cotton swab

  • Bandage

Tip

Reduce the irritants you expose your baby to as they can be the cause of the rash. Examples include fragrances, alcohol-containing products, strong detergents or rough fabrics.

Your baby may have an allergy or sensitivity to some foods in his diet or even milk. Your breast milk can also be the cause of the skin irritation if you are consuming products that do not agree with your baby.

Warning

Consult with your baby's pediatrician before beginning any type of skin treatment or if a skin condition worsens.

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