Understanding Baby Acne
May 25, 2020
When my second daughter was born, I was naturally concerned when I noticed she had dry, red, and inflamed patches on her skin. “What am I seeing here?” I wondered. I wanted to know whether she had acne, an allergic reaction, or eczema. After she reached the six-week mark and her red, itchy skin continued to irritate her and even keep her up at night, my husband and I decided it was time to ask her doctor to look into it further.
It turned out our daughter has eczema as well as an allergy to dairy and gluten. But some children with red and itchy skin are actually just experiencing baby acne, also known as neonatal acne. As with a lot of skin conditions, sometimes it can be hard to tell what your baby may be struggling with. Baby acne is very common, however. Here’s the lowdown on this common skin…