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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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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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Baby acne reaction to antibiotics, what to do?

Baby acne reaction to antibiotics, what to do?

Unclear question: Do you have a rash on your face that looks like acne while on antibiotics? Rashes are very hard to evaluate unless seen. I would see your doc for a look. ...Read more

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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

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Whats the difference between baby eczema and baby acne?

Whats 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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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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Allergic Reaction (Definition)

Sensitivities to substances, called allergens, that come into contact with the skin, nose, eyes, respiratory tract, and gastrointestinal tract. They can be inhaled into the ...Read more