Spots on baby’s face can be upsetting for many parents, especially those that may not be all that familiar with newborn skin issues. I have personally been there and was scared to death when my first child developed these. However, “baby acne” is typically not something that the parent should be concerned about. These red and sometimes white spots on the face are generally perfectly harmless and will go away on their own in most cases. With this being said, there are a few things that parents should know about this condition.
What Normal Spots Look Like
Baby acne typically appears on the face of the baby, but can be on other areas of the body as well. As previously mentioned, these areas can be either red or white bumps. They are commonly found on the nose, chin, cheeks and forehead. As frightening as it may seem, the areas where the red bumps appear may become further reddened and look irritated when the baby becomes too hot or is crying. According to Mayo Clinic, this too, is normal.
Treating Baby Acne
The web is full of advice on how to treat baby acne through home remedies, but this is not such a good idea. Most physicians agree that no treatment is needed, these spots will improve if not entirely go away within a few months. There are still a few things that the parent can do that may help these spots go away and prevent more. This includes keeping skin clean and dry and dressing baby in breathable fabrics. The parent should never try to “pop” these spots, or use acne treatments or products on the skin as this can harm the baby.
When Parents Should Be Concerned
Spots on baby’s skin that appear as acne is not something that parents usually need to worry about. This does not mean that there are not cases when a call to the pediatrician is not warranted though. If spots on the skin appear all at once, are accompanied by a fever, vomiting or any other symptom, a call to the doctor is needed. Also, the spots should not be crusty or have anything oozing out of them. This can be indicative of more serious illness or even an infection of the skin. In some very rare cases, the acne may not clear up as easily. Under these circumstances, the pediatrician may recommend or prescribe treatment.
Baby Acne. Mayo Clinic. 1998-2014. Viewed 29, June 2014. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/baby-acne/basics/causes/con-20033932 .