As new parents, many are excited to cuddle and hold their new infants with their baby soft skin. Fear and concern often arise when the newborn develops rashes – sometimes within the first few days of birth. Most of these eruptions are short-lived and occur as the infant’s skin is renewed. Here a few common benign eruptions to be aware of:
Erythema Toxicum Neonatorum(ETN) – This common newborn rash often appears primarily on the face, chest and legs on the 2nd or 3rd day of life. The pustules (i.e. pimples) fade in 5-7 days without treatment. The cause is unknown.
Neonatorum Acne– A similar appearing eruption to ETN, this eruption is caused by oil gland stimulation by maternal hormones. The comedones – or blackheads – fade without treatment over 4 months.
Milia – Milia are 1- to 2-mm pearly white or yellow papules (solid elevations of skin with no visible fluid) that are most often found on the baby’s forehead and chin. They appear and fade during the first month of life. Milia are caused by keratin protein plugs in the pores, and no treatment is needed.
Enjoy your new bundle of joy!