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What can someone do about baby acne? What is the difference between baby acne and eczema?

What can someone do about baby acne? What is the difference between baby acne and eczema?

Different conditions: Baby acne results from mother's hormones circulating in her baby;s body, while eczema is a form of immune hypersensitivity characterized by red, dry flaking patches. Baby acne resolves on it's own, while eczema requires careful skin care with hypoallergenic fragrance free washes, moisturizers and laundry detergents +/- topical steroids. ...Read more

Baby Acne (Definition)

Baby acne is a rash of small red bumps or pustules on a baby's cheeks, nose, and forehead. It often develops within the first few weeks after birth, and gradually goes away with age. Baby acne may look worse when a baby is fussing or crying. Many young babies also have tiny white bumps on the nose, which are known as milia, and ...Read more


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My daughter has red bumps all over her except her nose today I noticed three more on her chest, is this baby acne, eczema or heat rash?

My daughter has red bumps all over her except her nose today I noticed three more on her chest, is this baby acne, eczema or heat rash?

Red bumps: Not knowing your child's age I would rule out baby acne. Eczema doesn' t usually cause bumps. She might heat rash but could also have the hives. For heat rash cut down on room temperature and/ or clothes child is wearing. For hives you can try benadryl (diphenhydramine). ...Read more

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What's the difference between baby eczema and baby acne?

What's the difference between baby eczema and baby acne?

Pimples: Baby acne occurs in newborns due to hormones passed through placenta. Typically only on the face, with small pimples which resolve without treatment.Eczema is itchy skin on arms, legs and face which mares love at about 6 months or develop more chronic course that flares usually in dry winter weather until age 6. ...Read more

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7 week infant has baby acne and dry skin on face. What can I do to help? How long does thr acnd usually last?

7 week infant has baby acne and dry skin on face. What can I do to help? How long does thr acnd usually last?

Patience: Baby acne is a common and temporary problem. It usually appears by age 2 weeks and disappears by 3 months. Keeping the skin clean is the major plan. If it persists after 3 months and or intensifies, some normal ace treatments can be beneficial, but the doc should look into unusual hormonal issues as a cause at that point. ...Read more

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Can a 3 week old infant get baby acne on her head? All over her face also including eyelids. Everyday it's getting worse. What can I do?

Can a 3 week old infant get baby acne on her head? All over her face also including eyelids. Everyday it's getting worse. What can I do?

Baby acne: Baby acne is a common occurence. Wash her face with mild soap once a day. Do not try to pop the pimples or blackheads. The acne will disappear over several months. If the acne is becoming more widespread have her seen by her doctor. ...Read more

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Can baby acne appear in places other than the babies face? My son's ped diagnosis him w/baby acne. But it has spread to his arms and shoulders.

Can baby acne appear in places other than the babies face? My son's ped diagnosis him w/baby acne. But it has spread to his arms and shoulders.

Anywhere teens have: Baby acne is very similar in origin and distribution as that of a teenager. The face & upper chest & back are most often involved along with the shoulders. All the lesions seem to be a similar age & gradually fade over time. ...Read more

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18 days old developed an allergy that looks like baby acne. Do babies develop this condition weeks after birth? Rash is only on forehead and cheeks.

18 days old developed an allergy that looks like baby acne. Do babies develop this condition weeks after birth? Rash is only on forehead and cheeks.

Baby acne: The baby acne is a common event that reflects hormones transferred during the pregnancy. While the baby is floating in moisture, the skin is will not respond, but within 1-3 weeks after birth they break out for many weeks until the hormone levels drop & the acne disappears. Keeping the skin clean ; avoiding irritating soaps helps. It has no relationship to allergy. If it persists > 3mo see the doc ...Read more

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Will rubbing a pee-soaked diaper on an infant's face and/or tongue cure him of thrush and baby acne?

Will rubbing a pee-soaked diaper on an infant's face and/or tongue cure him of thrush and baby acne?

Not advisable: There is much folklore surrounding the use of urine as a cure-all, but little evidence of any benefit. Urine should be sterile and not cause disease, but there are much better treatments for both oral thrush and acne. Baby acne does not need treatment and will go away on its own. Benzoyl peroxide is far more effective for treatment of adult acne. ...Read more

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Is baby acne normal?

Is baby acne normal?

Baby Acne: Yes it is normal, it is thought to be hormone related. Putting creams or lotions on it will not help. Reassure that it will go away. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of baby acne?

What are the symptoms of baby acne?

None: The acne doesn't bother the baby at all, and causes no symptoms. Acne in babies looks like acne in teenagers, with little bumps and blackheads. ...Read more

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Describe the features of baby acne.?

Describe the features of baby acne.?

Like teenage acne: Baby acne like teenage acne is causedby changes in hormone levels. Unlike teenage acne it is self limited and does not require treatment. ...Read more

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Is there a cream that cures baby acne?

Is there a cream that cures baby acne?

Do nothing: Baby acne is a short-lived condition linked to mom's hormones circulating around in the baby. And there are other acne-like conditions a baby can have that also resolve on their own. So, just watching and maybe using a mild moisturizer would be a reasonable temp measure. But most often nothing needs to be done. ...Read more

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How to get rid of baby acne?

How to get rid of baby acne?

Patience: Baby acne is a common and temporary problem. It usually appears by age 2 weeks and disappears by 3 months. Keeping the skin clean is the major plan. If it persists after 3 months and or intensifies, some normal ace treatments can be beneficial, but the doc should look into unusual hormonal issues as a cause at that point. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for baby acne?

What is the treatment for baby acne?

None: It can be hard to look at your adorable baby with red bumps scattered across his cheeks and not want to "do" something about it. The good news is, it will go away on its own, usually by 4-6 months old. Do not apply any oils or lotions to your baby's face as this could aggravate his baby acne. Take heart, this will resolve without leaving a trace. Enjoy your precious baby. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for baby acne?

What are the treatments for baby acne?

None, if baby acne: Baby acne usually occurs in the first month or so, and goes away on its own (it doesn't bother the baby). Around the time the baby acne fades away, he may start getting cradle cap (oily, flaky rash with reddened skin underneath) on the scalp and the face (called seborrhea on the face). Baby eczema (cracked, rough, and/or oozing skin) can begin too. Cradle cap, seborrhea, & eczema have treatments ...Read more

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How do I get rid of my baby's baby acne?

How do I get rid of my baby's baby acne?

Time: Infantile acne is just a response to the mother's hormones and will fade on it own. There is no reason to treat it unless it persists past 3 months of age. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of baby acne on your baby?

How do you get rid of baby acne on your baby?

Don't: Its not really acne, its just hair follicles developing normally. You don't need to put anything, but check with your doctor if not sure. ...Read more

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Is there a good, safe treatment for baby acne?

Is there a good, safe treatment for baby acne?

None needed: Baby acne is usually caused from maternal hormones. There is no treatment needed, it will resolve on it's own. ...Read more

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