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Skin Rashes in Babies: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

Updated: Sep 12, 2021

Guest Post by Rachel Hudson


Here is the thing. The first time you become a parent, everything seems intimidating, and you feel that you are unprepared for this new role! Some people have the feeling they are failing no matter what they do! Nothing of this is true, of course!

But, parenthood is overwhelming. You brought this little living being to this world, and now everyone needs to get adjusted. There are plenty of things you need to figure out, such as a sleeping and feeding schedule. You also need to figure out how to tell if the baby is unwell and when you need to consult a pediatrician!

Among things that freak many parents out are skin rashes in the baby. When you change your little one's diapers, you may notice some little red spots. If that happens it can make you worried that you haven't cleaned the baby properly or that it indicates a bigger problem. However, skin rashes in a baby are pretty common and usually are uncomfortable but harmless. Let’s see why they appear and what you can about them.

Causes of Skin Rashes in Baby

Naturally, when there is a problem with our precious child, we immediately want to solve it. But before we talk about treatment options for skin rashes in baby let’s see what might have caused it. The fact is there are plenty of things that may cause this problem. For example, it would be good to check the diaper expiration date. We see diapers as something that can’t go bad. Nonetheless, disposable diapers have chemicals that can cause irritation or allergy. It is the most common cause of the rash. Apart from that, it can be a question of eczema, bug bites, dry skin, heat, etc.

Do some people wonder do babies get a rash after fever?! In general, kids may get a rash after fever, or while they are still feverish. When this happens, you will see rashes in babies' faces. It is called slap cheek syndrome, and usually, it goes away in a week. You can always give paracetamol to babies to lower the fever.

If the rash is accompanied by fever, your child may have measles or scarlet fever. Also, if you notice skin rashes in babies' necks, maybe they are caused by a yeast infection. In such cases, it would be wise to contact a doctor so they could give adequate medication.

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How to Treat Rashes in Babies

As you can imagine, the answer to the question of how to treat skin rashes in babies will depend on the type of rash. So as we mentioned in some cases, the baby will have to be checked by a pediatrician who will then decide on the course of treatment. But in the case of contact dermatitis, and similar situations, you will solve the problem by yourself. For example, you need to keep the area dry and clean to prevent and treat diaper rash. There are also over-the-counter creams that can help with treatment. The same applies if your bundle of joy has acne. It is also essential to know that yellowish scaly patches on the baby’s scalp will disappear on their own. This condition is called cradle cap, and it is quite common and entirely harmless, so you don't have to apply ointments, creams, or anything similar.


That’s it, parents! We have covered many of the causes and ways to treat skin rashes in the baby. As you notice, skin rashes are not unusual in babies or toddlers. In most cases, there is nothing to worry about. Many rashes go away even without any treatment, while some require that you apply some cream, etc. However, it is necessary to know how to recognize some more serious problems such as measles, so your little one can get the needed care? What are your experiences with babies and skincare and health?

- Rachel Hudson

Author’s Bio: Rachel Hudson is a journalist and a blogger living in California and writing articles for different websites since 2015. She has a degree in medicine; hence she is covering everything related to health, wellness, etc., including motherhood and breastfeeding.



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