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Re: Baby Acne
Nov 3, 2005
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[B]Baby Acne
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Introduction:[/B]To many parents' dismay, their beautiful newborn's face breaks out with red bumps. This is called baby acne. It tends to occur at about the same age as the baby's peak gas production and fussiness. How attractive! (This all coincides with parents' maximum sleep deprivation.) Parents are often quite concerned both about how these bumps look and about their significance.

[B]What is it?[/B]
The bumps of baby acne are quickly fleeting evidence of the connection between a motherís body and her babyís. During the final moments of pregnancy, her hormones cross the placenta into her child. Among other things (such as maturing the lungs), this stimulates the oil glands on the skin, eventually giving rise to the baby acne.

[B]Who gets it?[/B]
Baby acne is a common newborn condition. It can be present at birth, but typically appears at 3 to 4 weeks of age.

[B]What are the symptoms?[/B]
Fleshy or red pimples occur predominately on the cheeks, but are also quite common on the forehead and chin. Whiteheads are sometimes present.

The acne will be most prominent when the baby is hot or fussy (increased blood flow to the skin), or when the skin is irritated. If the skin comes into contact with cloth laundered in harsh detergents, or becomes wet from spit-up saliva or milk, the condition may appear worse for several days.

[B]Is it contagious?[/B]
Babies develop the acne from the maturing effect of mothersí hormones.

[B]How long does it last?[/B]
This condition tends to come and go until the baby is between 4 and 6 months old.

[B]How is it diagnosed?[/B]
Baby acne is recognized based on the timing and appearance.

[B]How is it treated?[/B]
Usually, no treatment is necessary. It can help to gently cleanse the face once a day with water, and perhaps mild baby soap. Oils and lotions do not help, and may aggravate the condition. If the acne is severe or lasts beyond 6 months, your pediatrician may prescribe a mild medicine to help.

[B]How can it be prevented?[/B]
Baby acne is a normal stage that is difficult to prevent. Try to take many pictures before the baby acne begins.

[B]Allergy [/B]
Make sure this is indeed acne, and the rash is not just because your baby is allergic to something. If you feel your child may have an allergy, keep a lookout for any possible allergens, and keep them away from your baby.

Winter Care [/B]
If your baby has acne, how do you look after her skin in the winter? Always remember, use less moisutriser and stay away from heavy creams. Use light, non-scented lotions. Also, make sure you do not over-bundle your child. Your baby will show her discomfort if she is too cold, but will not, if she is too warm. As a result, your childís skin will break out into a heat rash (yes, heat rash is surprisingly common in the winter too) worsening her acne. So if you take your baby outdoors in the winter, cover her up well, but make sure you remove some of the layers when you bring your child indoors.

You can expect that the rash will soon be a memory. The oil glands will disappear, and you won't see the acne again until you turn around once, and your baby is a teenager. This time the acne will be evidence of hormones transforming your baby into an adult.

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