101 Baby Skin Conditions - The Divine Company

Zoey Miller from The Babble Out has sat down with us to to give you the 101 in Baby Skin Conditions and what to look out for to identify the differences. As a working mother she usually faced with so many practical, everyday situations that make our lives harder, but it shouldn’t be like this. This has given her the motivation to lend a helping hand to others and share her wisdom!

Babies are our gems and we do everything to serve them best. From choosing quality baby carriers to finding an effective natural diaper rash cream, we are hands on. It is thus important to know how to identify basic skin conditions for early prevention and treatment. Let’s go through the most common skin conditions and how you can tell the difference.

Infant Eczema

Dry, scaly and thick rashes that come and go? You probably noticed these on your baby’s cheeks and elbows. Eczema appears as such. It affects 20% of babies in their first year of life with intermittent symptoms of itchy and red patches spreading through the scalp, legs, and other exposed parts.

Pediatric dermatologists use the term “infant eczema” to define two conditions – atopic dermatitis and contact dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is a condition found in babies with a genetic history of allergies and asthma. While contact dermatitis refers to rashes resulting from exposure to known irritants such as fabric and moisture.

Dr. Anna Paller of the American Academy of Dermatology suggests the use of mild and fragrance-free soaps to avoid exacerbation. Your baby’s GP may suggest allergen testing to determine actual triggers.

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Your baby may acquire hives in reaction to what he or she ate. Eggs, milk, and wheat are commonly associated to trigger hives. Though not contagious, hives appear as light raised central areas with clear-cut red borders on your baby’s smooth skin. If you own pets like cats and dogs, fur may cause the rashes to appear. Also, insect bites are precipitating factors for hives to form gradually.

Medically known as urticaria, hives occur once your baby’s body releases histamine. Histamine is a substance that aids to get rid of potentially harmful allergens in the body. One detected histamine causes tiny blood vessels of the skin to leak. The fluid pools form around the described spots. Hives are often treated with antihistamines and by avoiding contributing allergens.

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Heat Rash

Your battle line during the summertime is to beat the heat. Your baby’s delicate skin has yet to be fully developed. Dr. Jennifer Trachtenberg of Mt. Sinai Pediatrics Department explains that your baby’s smaller sweat glands trap perspiration under the skin. This causes bumps that crop up in certain areas where heat and moisture are confined.

Commonly called prickly heat, this kind of rash does not require medical attention most of the time. These clusters of itchy red bumps clear over time together with innovative and smart measures from you. As such, let your baby’s skin breathe by avoiding tight clothing. Ventilation is a major factor in prevention. Too much time on a baby carrier may ignite itchy bumps on your baby’s armpits. It is also advised to avoid oils, powders, and lotions which will further block the pores.

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Nappy Rash

The list wouldn’t be complete without talking about nappy rashes. A diaper can be a friend or a nuisance to your baby’s nappy area. Nappy rashes appear due to irritation and prolonged exposure to poo and wee. Complicated cases may be helmed from fungal infections.

Nappy hygiene is the encompassing answer. Timely and attentive changing of diapers must be observed. Also, barrier and anti- fungal creams may be applied responsibly. You might have heard of alternatives to diapers in the market. These variants, known as the honest diaper, are made of biological organic polymers for enhanced absorption. Some experts suggest latex free diapers are better for breathability.

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Caring for your baby’s skin is challenging. It takes a fervent assessment to safeguard their fragile skin. A grasp of common baby skin conditions can educate you with tell tale signs of potential dermatological problems. Whether it’s a small patch or bigger clusters, your baby deserves passionate love and skin care.

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