As everyone knows, new moms especially, baby skin is very very very sensitive. Considering this fragile nature of baby skin, it should come as no surprise that babies are prone to contracting a variety of skin problems and diseases. In lieu of this, the best course of action is to familiarize yourself with these different ailments so that it becomes easier to identify how to prevent and/or treat it, should it occur in your child. It'll also help you identify which ailments are more serious ones and which ones are easier to manage. Here are some of the common skin problems that your child might face:
This is a condition in which rashes appear on the face, neck, back, and/or bottom. It is also known as miliaria and is exhibited in the form of small red bumps. This is caused due to the overheating of your baby’s body which could occur due to a variety of reasons such as hot weather or warm clothes. Your immediate course of action should be to get your baby out of the heat or and into some loose clothing which doesn't stick to your baby’s body. This should greatly help reduce the rash.
Who knew those tiny things could face the terribly annoying problem that is acne? This is actually much more common than you think. This is generally in the form of tiny pimples or whiteheads, most commonly on your baby’s face. It could also occur on the neck and chin. These should clear up on their own and, as far as possible, you should avoid using any anti-acne products as these chemicals could exacerbate the issue.
Despite getting your child vaccinated, there is always a chance that he/she could develop chickenpox. It's very common in young children and is treatable through medication. Chickenpox manifests in the form of red blisters or rashes which generally sprout all over the body. It is also accompanied by a fever, loss of appetite, nausea, and muscle aches. This is a highly contagious disease, however, if a person has already contracted and overcome chickenpox earlier in life, the chances of it spreading to them are very very low.
Eczema is a condition in which certain patches of skin become dry, itchy, flaky, red, and cracked, which may ooze or bleed, depending on the severity. It may occur on the hands, face, neck, elbows, and behind the knees. It could occur as early as 3 or 4 months old and could be triggered due to a wide range of factors such as hot weather, cold weather, certain soaps, certain fabrics, etc. The best way to treat this is to cleanse the area with a gentle cleanser and then moisturize, after consultation with a dermatologist to ensure that the products being used are fit for your child and okay to use in this situation.
Cold Sores are quite common in children and adults. These develop in the form of blisters in the mouth area which later develop into painful sores. It may start off with swollen gums and a general soreness of the mouth, causing drool. It may also be accompanied by a fever and swollen lymph glands. These sores last for 5-10 days. They crust over and then disappear gradually. It could lead to a loss of appetite for food and liquids so it's important to ensure that dehydration does not occur.
Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease:
This disease is characterized by blisters, soreness of the throat, and a mild fever. As the name suggests, the blisters break out on the hand, foot, and mouth areas of the body. They may also spread further up the legs and reach the baby’s bottom. These blisters tend to be quite sore which might make it difficult to eat or drink anything. It is treatable with the right medicine so contact your pediatrician ASAP, and remember to keep your baby hydrated.
This is something that most of us have been affected with, as kids. It's a highly contagious infection caused due to bacteria, allergies, or a viral infection. It causes a pink watery eye which tends to be quite sticky. The eye tends to become red and sore and a yellow crust may form or yellow discharge may be seen around the eyelid. Consult a doctor in order to help your baby get rid of the infection.