There are various types of baby rashes that commonly found on babies. They may contagious or non-contagious one. However, almost all rashes found on babies are benign and may resolve over time although no treatment applied.
There are three types of eczema that commonly found on babies including atopic dermatitis, seborrhea, and contact dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis on babies is a chronic skin rash on babies in families that has history of allergies. The rash caused by atopic dermatitis is occasionally characterized as red, irritated and scaly. The affected skin may become dry and itchy. Baby that cannot help himself not to scratching the itchy skin may develop secondary infection and scarring. The rash may be itchy, but the rash is not contagious.
The other non-contagious types of baby rashes due to eczema is seborrhea or more popular as seborrheic dermatitis. The rash may occur on baby up to three months to baby less than two years at age. The exact cause of seborrheic dermatitis is unknown but a sebaceous matter and sweat production in the skin may be disrupted. The rash may not cause itchy but may appear as dry, red and flaky skin spotted on the face, neck, chest, skin folds and the diaper area. The rash may appear on the scalp with different appearance; the rash is characterized as yellowish scabs on the scalp and often called cradle cap. The rash is not contagious and may resolve on its own within months.
The last non-contagious rash on babies is contact dermatitis. Contact dermatitis occurs as baby’s skin isrepeatedly exposed to certain substance such as baby’s cosmetics, creams, or detergents. The contact can cause skin irritation and a hypersensitivity reaction. The rash can cause the skin becomes intense red, itchy, moist with blisters, and the affected skin may develops raised papules or vesicles. Poison ivy is the common example of contact dermatitis.