Baby rash on face as any other rashes on baby body may harmless although they are unsightly blemishes. Some of the rashes found on baby face may last for few weeks or days depend on the causes. Some of the rashes are also preventable and some may not. Here are two kinds of rashes that commonly found baby face.
The first commonly found baby rash on face is Erythema toxicum neonatorum. It is the most common rash in newborns. Almost 40 to 70 percent of newborn will have this kind of rash during the first year of life. And due to research the rash is commonly found in infants born at term and weighing more than 2,500 g. The rash may appear right after the baby is born or appear at the second or third day of baby’s life.
The rash due to erythema toxicum neonatrum is often identified as red, blotchy, papules that turn into pustule that resembles to flea bitten rash. Baby face, trunk, and the extremities are the common spots of the rash to occur. The exact cause of erythema toxicum neonatorum is poorly identified. Occasionally the rash will be last for five to seven days, but they may last for several weeks too. Although the rash look awful but no treatment is needed and there is no systemic abnormality is associated with rash.
The second commonly found baby rash on face is acne neonatorum. Almost up to 20 percent of newborns develop the acne neonatorum. Just like the teen acne, the rash typically consists of closed comedones that found mostly on the forehead, nose, and cheeks. The rash may look inflamed and sometimes there are papules and pustules too. The exact cause of neonatal acne is not known but stimulation of sebaceous glands by maternal or infant androgens may be the culprit. The rash may not require any treatment and will eventually resolve within four months without leaving any scar. However, parents may help heal the rash by giving a prescribed of 2.5% benzoyl peroxide lotion if lesions are retains for several months.