The 5 Most Common Skin Conditions Affecting Infants (PHOTOS)

Nicole Fabian-Weber | Mar 17, 2014 Baby

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There are few things on this Earth more sensitive than a baby's skin. Seeing red or itchy-looking bumps on your little one can be scary, but typically, it's nothing to worry about and easily cured. The odds of your baby developing some sort of rash or condition in the first 18 months of their life due to various factors are relatively high, but don't worry -- it's usually perfectly normal.

Here's a round-up of some of the more common skin conditions you'll likely see during your baby's infanthood.

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  • Cradle Cap


    Cradle cap is when your baby has flaky, dry skin, or thick, oily, yellowish or brown scaling or crusting patches on their scalp. It may not be the cutest thing in the world, but it's very common.

    Cradle cap likely doesn't bother your baby at all, and you don't need to do anything for it. But if you want to try to speed up the recovery process, try using a shampoo that's specifically designed for cradle cap or gently massage your baby's scalp with your fingers to loosen up the scales.

  • Baby Acne


    Baby acne, like cradle cap, isn't anything to worry about. The causes of baby acne are unknown, but typically babies are born with it or it shows up a few weeks after birth. Baby acne usually clears up on its own in a few weeks, but if it's lingering and you're concerned, see a doctor and they may be able to prescribe a topical cream.

  • Dry Skin


    Although nothing to worry about, dry skin can be uncomfortable in babies, like it is in adults. To get rid of dry, itchy skin in your little one, avoid long baths; keep them hydrated from the inside out; and try putting a humidifier in their room to add moisture.

  • Diaper Rash


    Diaper rashes are pretty common among babies. The causes are likely irritants (stool, urine); too much moisture; and too little air. To avoid diaper rashes, frequently change your baby's diaper; allow them to have some bare bottom time to air things out; and try using a warm washcloth instead of wipes to clean their bottom. If a diaper rash doesn't clear up in around three days, call your pediatrician.

  • Baby Eczema


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    Baby eczema is dry, flaky, red patches of skin on baby's face and/or body -- and it typically is uncomfortable to them. To ease the itchiness, only give your little one short, lukewarm baths; moisturize immediately after bathing; and leave a cool-mist humidifier in their room at night. If the eczema doesn't clear up in a few days, see your pediatrician.

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