When it comes to your baby’s skin, you can depend on one thing: it is bound to erupt into a rash during the first year. Why? The human skin acts as a protective barrier against all sorts of elements, from sun to bacteria, but it takes about a year for the epidermis to get up to speed and function effectively. At your dermatologist, we strive to help you understand common skin conditions so that you can protect your baby.
Your baby’s epidermis starts out thinner, has less pigment and doesn’t regulate temperature as well as the skin of bigger kids and adults. Of course, no baby escapes the most common skin issue—diaper rash. The diaper area is warm and moist, which breaks down the skin on the tender rash. You can keep a diaper rash under control by changing your baby often and using petroleum jelly or a barrier cream with zinc oxide to protect them.
According to your dermatologist, some other common skin conditions include:
- Interigo – A rash found mainly in a baby’s skin folds, especially the neck, and usually appears in chubby babies under 6 months.
- Prickly Heat – Also known as miliaria, prickly heat rash may occur on the face, neck, back or bottom.
- Seborrhea – A rash that can appear on the scalp and eyebrows, behind the ears, or on the neck, cheeks and chest.
- Eczema – Can appear anywhere on a baby’s body starting around 3 or 4 months, though it is not usually found in the diaper area.
- Contact Dermatitis – A skin reaction to something your baby came in contact with—from soaps and detergents to grass and other plants.
By visiting your dermatologist, you can further protect your baby from these common skin conditions!