Baby Skin Concerns: Toxic Neonathal Dermatitis
We are so Excited to launch our interviews with Dr. Eyal Levit.
After an influx of questions concerning skin related issues we decided to go to the experts. Dr. Levit graciously agreed to talk about the top concerning skin problems occurring in babies.
During the month of November we will be posting new videos throughout the with Dr. Levit as he explains each skin concern and puts our worries to rest.
Today he is talking about Toxic Neonathal Dermatitis (don't worry it only sounds scary.)
What Is It?
Acne neonatorum occurs in up to 20 percent of newborns. It can occur anywhere on the face, but usually appears on the cheeks, nose and forehead.Baby acne is common — and temporary. There's little you can do to prevent it. But you can rest assured, it will usually clear up on its own, without scarring.
What Does It Look Like ?
Baby acne is usually characterized by small red or white bumps on a baby's cheeks, nose and forehead. It often develops within the first two to four weeks after birth.
Because baby acne typically disappears on its own within several months, no medical treatment is usually recommended. If your baby's acne lingers for much longer, your pediatrician may recommend a medicated cream or other treatment. Don't try any over-the-counter medications without checking with your pediatrician first. Some of these products may be damaging to a baby's delicate skin.
Lifestyle and home remedies
These tips are useful for caring for your baby's skin while he or she has acne:
- Keep your baby's face clean. Wash your baby's face daily with warm water and mild baby soap.
- Dry your baby's face gently. Simply pat your baby's skin dry.
- Don't pinch or scrub the acne. You may cause more irritation or an infection.
- Avoid using lotions or oils on your baby's face.
- Jennifer Akiyama