Baby face rash is a bright red or reddish pink colored noticeable tiny bumps around the mouth, face, cheek and forehead of a baby. It could be quite irritating, making the baby to persistently scratching his face. In most cases, it leads to redness, swelling and even bleeding.
Baby face rash is quite common with babies and most time get mothers quite confused and apprehensive. Moreover, so many myths are associated with baby face rash, which leave room for a lot of unanswered questions and some answers which may not be true.
This fact sheet will answer the questions of causes, prevention and also proffer solutions to baby’s face rash.
Most baby face rashes are natural and goes off within weeks, but some are quite stubborn and long-lasting, this is when a pediatrician should come in. In most cases, repeated appearance of rashes on a baby’s face needs medical attention.
Although breast milk is the best food for a baby, the fact remains that some food the mother consume and baby takes in through breast milk can cause baby face rash.
Studies have shown that a repeated rash on a breastfed child could be an indication of an allergic reaction to cow’s milk and dairy products consumed by the mother. This reaction brings about irritation, ultimately, the dreaded face rash. Mothers are advised to make do with goat’s milk, since it is favorable to the baby system.
Some soaps, detergents, lotions and moisturizers can actually be detrimental to the well being of a baby’s face. The chemical in these products could be harsh to the delicate face of a baby. These allergies come with dryness, itchiness and irritation and the persistent rubbing and scratching by the baby bring about rashes on the his face. Mothers are advised to use gentle products on their baby’s face.
To know if your baby is experiencing dietary induced face rash, look out for the following symptoms:
- Stomach pain
- Gas after nursing
- Diarrhea or excessive sit-up
Mothers are advised to change their diet if they notice the above symptoms in their baby.
Baby face rash caused by mother’s hormones, diet and chemical reactions could actually be handled at home before seeing the doctor. The following could be done to treat and prevent future occurrence of baby face rash caused by chemical reactions.
- Constantly use plain water to clean the baby’s face
- You could add a mild soap to the water
- Use gentle laundry detergent to wash the baby’s clothes
- Rinse the clothes thoroughly with clean water get off detergent debris.
Infants with lactose intolerance can have an outbreak of face rashes. This case occurs mostly with change from breast milk to baby formula whereby the baby’s system finds it difficult to digest lactose. Lactose is a type of natural sugar found in milk. When lactose moves through the large intestine without being properly digested, it could cause a lot of problems, one of which is baby irritation.
Rashes on a baby’s face could actually be symptoms of an underling infection. The infection could be viral or bacterial. Mothers are advised to pay urgent visit to a pediatrician to find out what may be the cause.
Rashes that appear on a baby’s face after eating could be as a result of an allergic condition. Allergies are due to specific foods causing chemical reactions in the baby’s body.
Studies show that this reactions occur when the immune system mistakes the protein from the diary based products as a harmful substance, therefore, the body attacks the proteins with antibodies and histamine. Histamine leads to inflammation and irritation causing rashes. Examples of allergic foods are fish, egg, cow’s milk, nuts, wheat and soy.
One most outstanding causes of baby face rash is the introduction of new born babies to formulas.
Caregivers are of the opinion that babies are more prone to cow’s milk. So feeding the baby with breast milk exclusively the first year of life could actually prevent a child from food allergies such as face rash. So keeping solid foods away from babies less than six months old is advised. This will ensure that the baby is not exposed to cow’s milk protein or other inappropriate food substances.
Dirty cloth wipe and baby face wipe are also culprits of face rash in babies. Using dirty cloth or alcohol filled wipe on a child’s face could trigger irritability, which can cause itching and then outbreak of rashes on the face. Always be mindful of the type of wipes or fabrics you use to wipe your baby’s face.
These facts are not exhaustive. If you notice any strange behaviour in your baby, do not hesitate to see the pediatrician.