rash on cheeks of newborn

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I know it's normal to have a bit of "baby acne" in the first few weeks or months, but my almost 5 wks old baby seems to have these persistent rash or acne-like pimples clustered mostly on the cheeks. My older child didn't have it nearly as bad as far as I recall when she was first born.



Should I be concerned? Is it an allergy to detergent / softener, bodywash (I've been using Aveeno), or something else altogether?

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User - posted on 05/01/2012

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Hi, most probably this rash is an allergy to food you take. YOu need to reconsider your diet

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My daughter had an ever changing rash for a little while in her first few months - doc just said it was hormones and it went away by itself. I also didnt use any products (soap or lotion) on her skin til she was three months as was recommeded to me as their skin is quite sensitive and they dont really need it at that age anyway.

September - posted on 07/06/2009

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Oh I see. My son is 8 months and he sweats :) and now that I think back on the early side of things I don't remember him sweating. Kind of a crazy fact!

Diane - posted on 07/07/2009

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you may want to try switching to a mild laundry detergent for YOUR clothes because his face is touching your clothes when you cuddle him

Tara - posted on 07/07/2009

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Although none of my boys had baby acne all 3 were allergic to something I was eating (milk, cocoa, rice, oat, peanuts) and also had acid reflux. They spit up a lot until I stopped eating the food they were allergic to (which was at 6 months when they were tested).

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Jacinta - posted on 07/07/2009

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I wouldn't be it is very normal for kids to break out like that it could also be a rash from the heat.

Charissa - posted on 07/07/2009

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My daughter had that...it took forever to get rid of it but it's nothing to be concerned about...keep using the Aveeno or try Spectro for kids - it's a very heavy moisturizer. It worked great on my daughter.

Maryann - posted on 07/07/2009

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My first son had a very mild case of baby acne however, my 2nd had a more noticeable case. I thought it was terrible. It surfaced at about 4wks and was there until almost 7wks. My pediatrician told me to wash daily with regular old baby soap. He is now 13wks and you would never know he ever had it. :-)

Oh PS. Baby acne is NOT caused by dirt or toxins so DO NOT use acne soaps (sorry to the person who posted about Cetaphil). It is caused by hormones so only regular washing to avoid it from getting worse is recommended.

Alicia - posted on 07/07/2009

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My son had the same thing. It's not going to go away on it's own. My pediatrician recommended washing his face with Dove soap or Head and Shoulders shampoo twice a day. As long as you do that it, it will go away, but you have to be dedicated to it. After a couple of weeks I didn't have to anymore, and he is good with regular soap. Good luck...

Kanhchana - posted on 07/06/2009

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my son had the same thing. hes going to be 8 weeks on wednesday but my doctor told me he had eczema . so he prescribed hydrocortisone 1% and i applied it on after every bath and it cleared up within the first 3 hours but be sure to check with your doctor first. as most prediatritians dont recommend applying anything to the face for the first few months.

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Thank you, Alicia! I'm just sitting here (@ midnight!) discussing this very possibility with my husband -- that he could be having some sort of allergy to my breast milk as he's also struggling (since around 2 wks old) with spitting up / throwing up a lot as well as the rash. It could be acid reflux also. We're planning to call the ped. tomorrow about the acid reflux issue and get some advice on that. Luckily he must be still getting a good amount of milk in as he's still peeing and pooping a lot.

Unfortunately, all this has made for some very difficult restless sleeping. Not getting a lot of sleep. : (

Alicia - posted on 07/06/2009

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It could be an allergic reaction. If he is on formula, it could be an allergic reaction to the formula. If you are breastfeeding, he could be reacting to something you are eating. Don't stop nursing, just try cutting something out of your diet. When this happened to me, it turned out my daughter had an intolerance to my eating anything dairy. Dairy is one of the most common causes of this allergic reaction, but there are others, I just can't remember what they are right now. I'd do some research. It can take up to two weeks of not eating a thing to fully get it out of your system. Also, by the time my daughter was 13 months old she could eat dairy just fine. Also, this kind of reaction is more common in Asian people.

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Thanks for all your advice! I might try using Cetaphil cleanser for a bit instead of the Aveeno and see if that has any effect. Of course if it's heat rash then nothing is going to really help except for time. Although the rest of his body is completely fine .... just the face.

Emma - posted on 07/06/2009

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It is either baby acne or heat rash especially with the weather we are getting these days. If you are concerned go to your gp to put your mind at rest. Hopes its nothing serious but I doubt it will be.

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Their sweat ducts aren't mature for several weeks, so newborns and very young infants either don't sweat or their ducts clog very easily (causing the red bumps). I couldn't find what age they usually start sweating normally, but I believe it takes a few months.

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Sounds normal - there's all kinds of weird bumps and rashes and such that newborns can get. Since it is July, are you sure it isn't heat rash? Babies don't sweat, so when they get too warm they can get little red bumps sometimes.

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My son had baby acne mostly on his nose but it would spread to his cheeks if something irritating rubbed against them. He would get a cheek rash from resting on my shirt and I figured that it was the laundry detergent that I used to clean my clothes. So I always kept a blanket or burp rag between the two of us and used Dreft laundry detergent for babies. Baby All is also good but hard to find.

September - posted on 07/06/2009

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In my opinion there is no need to worry :) It sounds like baby acne. My son had the same thing and it was also persistent. It went away at about 8 weeks.

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My oldest had that REALLY bad. I mean solid rash all over her entire face and scalp. The doc said it was normal and caused by hormones that the baby produces as their body gets used to life "outside". It looks horrible but clears up in a few weeks and then the baby will have a lovely smooth complexion. Until puberty, that is. haha

Denise - posted on 07/06/2009

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my son had that rash really bad....it is typically normal...keep using the aveeno. if it doesn't start to clear up in about a week or two, i would contact your pediatrician.

Tracy - posted on 07/06/2009

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If you breastfeed, breastmilk works great on baby acne....and a nurse once told me to use dove soap only on the acne. Also, my son was super sensitive to the bath soap I used...I couldn't even use Aveeno or Burt's Bees. I would actually try to switch the bath soap first...and if that doesn't work then look into the detergent.

Lindsay - posted on 07/06/2009

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Both of my sons were allergic to detergents, body wash and lotions. I use Dreft baby laundry detergent and white Ivory soap because it doesn't have anything added to it. It could be excema and you can buy baby excema cream in the same isle with bath soaps and things. the only other thing I can think of might be heat rash, my son also gets those often in the summer. Good luck, hope it is something mild and you find something that helps.

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