The Complete Guide to Baby Skin Rashes

What type of rash does your baby have?

Why are babies prone to skin rashes? What is baby eczema? How do I treat my baby’s cradle cap? What is the best way of caring for my baby’s skin?

The answers to these questions and any others you may have can be found in this complete guide to baby skin rashes. This guide provides help and advice on the most common baby skin rashes. Each of these skin rashes is discussed individually, which includes a look at the causes, the symptoms and the treatment for that particular condition.

We have also included a section on caring for your baby’s skin which we hope you will find useful.

If you have a particular question about baby skin rashes then visit our FAQs section. This contains a list of the most popularly asked questions about skin rashes and babies.

We have tried to avoid jargon where necessary but if it has been used then an explanation will be provided. An explanation of medical terminology can be found in the glossary section. This guide is structured as follows:

Help and advice for new mothers

Being a new mum isn’t easy. No-one is an expert when it comes to babies and it can be difficult to know what to do for the best. It is easy to feel anxious or unsure when caring for a baby and however much advice you receive, something unexpected always happens.

Babies are prone to all manner of illnesses and skin rashes are just one example of those. It can be upsetting when your baby develops a rash but the good news is that many of these disappear on their own or can be very easily treated.

Useful information for parents

This guide is aimed at new mothers but we haven’t forgotten those parents who already have children. The information presented here is designed to help you learn more about a particular skin rash, irrespective of whether you have given birth for the first or third time.

A few skin rashes have similar symptoms which mean it is easy to mistake one type of rash for another. Nothing replaces a qualified medical opinion but this guide will help you to distinguish between the various types of skin rashes before seeking further advice.

An in-depth look at the most common skin rashes

There is a wide range of baby skin rashes, some of which are more common than others. Some rashes you will recognise such as measles, heat rash and chicken pox whereas others will be less familiar (e.g. roseola). It is difficult to include every skin rash but we have included the most popular rashes which babies have a tendency to get. These may look scary but many of them are not a sign of anything serious and can be treated at home. This guide is not a replacement for medical advice. If your baby has a rash which has not responded to home based treatment or has worsened then contact your GP or health visitor.

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