There are several common skin rashes in newborns. Some may require treatment and others do not. Knowing what to look for can alleviate the worry.
- Toxic Erythema of the newborn, also called "bed bites rash," resembles bug bite lesions. It is extremely common and seen usually during the first or second week of life. It will disappear by itself, and no treatment is necessary.
- Milia is white or yellow pimples, most often on the face. It usually resolves within a month without any treatment, but if it lasts more than a few months, medical attention may be needed.
- Miliaria Ruba or Miliaria Crystallina, also called "prickly heat," is red or white pimples caused by sweat retention. If severe, it may require medical treatment.
- Bohn’s Nodules and Epstein’s Pearls are round pearly white or yellow "dots" on gums or palate. It resolves itself within the first weeks of life without treatment.
- Acne Neonatorum resembles acne in adolescents and is probably a result of hormonal stimulation. It usually does not require treatment.
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