Baby skin rash

Causes and treatment of baby skin rash

Motherhood is a blessing to all women and it is quite natural as it comes. We really want to bask in the euphoria of motherhood. However, we are confronted with a lot of baby blues, one of which is baby skin rash.

While it seems very normal for babies to develop rashes on the body that go away without applying any medication, there are also some rashes that require visits to the doctor.

In this article, we will be taking a look at the different skin rashes, causes, prevention and treatment.

Baby skin rash comes in different forms, it could be like a blister, scaly, a redness or irritation on the body. Rashes could be itchy, causing discomfort to the babies.

It has distinctive features, which most time needs the doctor’s appointment for close examination, evaluation and eventual treatment. Some of its well known names are:

  • Cold sores
  • Cradle cap
  • Chicken pox
  • Measles
  • Acne
  • Scabies
  • Skin infections; and
  • Allergies

Causes of baby skin rash

Baby skin rash can be as a result of allergies

Rashes can cover a baby’s head (cradle cap) because of hormones left in the baby’s body from pregnancy. These hormones simulate secretion from oil glands in the skin cells on the baby’s head to the scalp.

Because of the sensitive nature of a baby delicate skin, anything from the environment that is not in consonant with the baby’s skin could make it react negatively and bring about an allergy.

This could be the clothes worn on the baby with residual debris of detergent or food that did not sit well with the system. It could also be some nutrients in a diet, like some kids are allergic to lactose in milk.

If a family member or an adult with cold sore on the lips kisses a child, the child will likely contact the virus. The virus is called the herpes simplex virus.

The baby also get some of these rashes from family members, whom they come in contact with. An example of transmissible infection is scabies.

Dirty environment and clothing worn on the baby

Because of how delicate and sensitive babies skin are, it is pertinent that more emphasis be placed on how to completely prevent baby skin rash than going through the rigour of treating it.

Prevention of baby skin rash

Put the below outlined measures in place to keep your baby skin smooth, clear and supple for a longtime.

  1. Protect your baby from exposure to sunlight that could trigger an outbreak of cold sore.
  2. Regularly wash baby’s hair with baby shampoo to reduce oil secretion.
  3. Treat baby fever that could bring about eruption of measles or chicken pox (skin rash) immediately.
  4. Stop immediately any substance or food that the baby is allergic to, so as not to metamorphose into a serious skin rash.
  5. Wear and bundle the child in good clothing at all times.
  6. Avoid the use of harsh chemicals or detergent to wash the baby clothing and even after using a mild one, ensure that they are well rinsed.


If your baby has already developed the rash, it is not the end of the world. You could remedy it with the following steps:

  1. First thing is to visit the pediatrician to examine the baby and find out the type of the rash, so as to aid the doctor in giving appropriate medication, where applicable.
  2. Help brush off the softened flakes off the baby’s hair for cradle cap and rub in mild oil into the scalp.
  3. Studies online reveals that you can give a baby with rashes (measles) paracetamol suspension and extra fluid to bring down the fever.
  4. Since some rashes are caused by virus, it imminent that antiviral drugs be administered, but must be first checked with the doctor.
  5. Stop family members with cold sores from carrying and mingling with the baby to avoid reinfecting the baby.
  6. Treat the baby rash, as early as you notice the first outbreak.
  7. To clear the spots left on the baby’s skin, use the ever faithful calamine lotion and other products that are recommended by the caregivers.

Be more careful with the environment you leave your baby. The environment speaks more volume either negatively or positively on a child delicate skin than an adult. So do more to your surroundings to achieve a healthy baby skin.

Dealing with baby skin rash can be quite tasking and demanding. Because we need to make the baby be comfortable always, we need to double our effort in preventing its skin from rashes.

Have you dealt with baby skin rash before? Use the comments section to enlighten us on how you pulled through.