Does your baby have red spots on their face? Learn about its causes and treatments.
At birth, the skin is often one of the most sensitive parts of a baby’s body.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), rashes that break out on the face of newborns are mostly related to problems with acne, heat, and drooling or regurgitation.
Next, we present the most common causes of this problem and we give you some tips to avoid red spots on your baby’s face. Pay attention and take note!
Why does your baby have red spots on their face?
At birth, your baby may have some kind of rash because their skin is still very sensitive. There are different types of skin outbreaks in newborns, which occur for different reasons. We explain some of them below:
Acne breakouts: Neonatal acne
According to the AAP, neonatal acne occurs in 30% of newborns and commonly appears between the first two to four weeks of life.
These types of outbreaks are characterized by appearing on the faces of children –male babies being more prone– and can disappear after three months.
In addition to neonatal acne, infant acne can also occur, which appears between three and six months of age and can last up to one and a half years of age.
According to various research, heat rash –known as Miliaria rubra– is very common in babies. According to the AAP, this is caused because the sweat glands of newborns are still too small to resist heat, which is why they tend to become easily blocked by sweat, causing irritation.
Also, this irritation can be caused when you rub your baby’s skin against their clothes, so the outbreaks can appear on their chest, neck, or any area of the body that is covered by an article of clothing.
Outbreaks from drooling or regurgitation
When you breastfeed your baby, these types of outbreaks may appear around the mouth, as their skin comes into direct contact with your skin, which causes some irritation.
In the same way, when your baby spits up after feeding, drool can cause certain outbreaks on your their chin.
How to deal with the red spots on my baby’s face?
The AAP ensures that most of these conditions —be it red spots on your baby’s face due to neonatal acne, heat, or spitting up— will disappear over the months.
However, you can follow these recommendations to ease these breakouts in your little one and keep their skin healthy:
- Dress your baby accordingly to the temperature of the day.
- Dress them in soft and light cotton clothing.
- Avoid exposing them to the sun for a long time.
- Keep your baby cool and ventilated.
- Use gels or creams recommended by your pediatrician.
In case your baby’s rash or red spots worsen or persist, it is important to consult your pediatrician so that they can examine your little one and avoid possible infections.
Finally, remember that babies’ skin is more sensitive during their first months of life: the appearance of red spots on a baby’s face can be a natural alteration that is probably easy to treat.
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