If you have a new baby at home, you will likely encounter some very specific skin care needs. It is important to understand that a baby’s skin, especially during the first several months, demands different care techniques that adults or even older children. Here is the most common skin conditions and skin care needs you might encounter for you new baby:
- Baby Acne – Although new moms worry when they see acne breakouts on their baby, it is very common. Residual maternal hormones circulating through a baby’s system cause baby acne. It is best to wash baby acne with water and leave it alone. You can expect clearer skin by six weeks old.
- Cradle Cap – If you notice crusty, oily and scaly patches on your baby’s head, you are likely seeing cradle cap. This affects up to half of babies during the first 3 months. Overactive oil glands are to blame, but you can help cradle cap by washing your baby’s head with mild shampoo or even applying some baby oil and brushing it off gently.
- Eczema – The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that up to 20 percent of all babies suffer from eczema before their first birthday. It appears as a red rash that is sometimes accompanied by oozing bumps. Unfortunately, eczema can be very itchy and uncomfortable for a baby. It is triggered by a wide variety of irritants from your baby’s own saliva to your specific laundry detergent. Always visit your pediatrician or a dermatologist for the best baby eczema treatment. Generally, it is better to limit bathing and avoid the use of soap to help prevent eczema flare-ups.
Caring for a new baby can be an overwhelming job. Olansky Dermatology Associates is proud to offer expert skin care to people of all ages, including your baby’s brand new, sensitive skin.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates