Welcome to the World of Rashes

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 2/24/2017 to Parenting Tips
types of rashes

Your baby has had control of your heart since the day she was born. She’s so precious that you could just stroke her baby soft skin all day. But here lately you’ve noticed a problem with her skin. She seems to be breaking out into rashes. Is that something you should worry about or just a normal part of childhood?

In those first few weeks or months, every kid breaks out into a rash or suffers some skin irritation. So before you panic, let’s break down some common reasons for skin irritation in children and what you can do to banish those unsightly rashes.

Diaper Rash

This one is an easy rash to figure out. It happens only in the diaper area, and it can happen because your baby hasn’t been changed promptly enough. To fight diaper rash, use plain water or mild wet wipes on her bottom, use a thick diaper rash cream and change her diaper as soon as you notice she is wet or poopy.

Cradle Cap

First time moms might wonder what on earth is happening to their baby’s scalp when they see these thick scaly spots. It’s a common problem and it will go away over time.

To help kick it to the curb, just uses some baby shampoo to keep your baby’s head clean and use a baby brush – not an adult comb -- to loosen the clumps.

Milia

These are white bumps that show up on your newborn’s nose. They’ll go away soon enough and you’ll feel silly for even worrying about them.

Drool Rash

If your baby is starting to drool all the time, you’ll notice if you don’t keep a bib on him, his shirt will be wet in record time. With that wetness comes drool rash. It will be a bright red rash over his chin and on his neck.

Stay on top of that drool situation by changing bibs before they are soaked through and making sure your baby has more costume changes than Taylor Swift if he needs them. As soon as he gets his shirt wet, change his outfit. You’ll see that drool rash vanish quickly.

Heat Rash

I remember being alarmed the first time I saw a heat rash on my baby. It was right after a 4th of July parade, and I was so worried when I saw some angry red bumps on my baby’s skin.

Luckily, a lot of experienced moms knew what it was and that removing some of my son’s clothing and getting him out of the heat would take care of that rash in no time.

Ask Your Mom Friends

If you see a rash on your baby, and your baby seems to be feeling just fine, it’s okay to ask your mom friends before dashing off for an expensive doctor’s office. Chances are, they’ll know exactly what that pesky rash is and how to take care of it.

Shannon Serpette is a mother of two and an award-winning journalist and freelancer who lives in Illinois. She can be reached at writerslifeforme@gmail.com.