6 Common Skin Rashes in Babies


If I could sum up my first year of lessons in parenthood in one word it would be this: “rashy”. I don’t know if that is really a word, but if you are a parent, you know exactly what I am talking about.

It seemed like every time I turned around, my baby boy was covered in yet another rash that would send me dashing to the internet to make my diagnosis. It was terrifying seeing my baby covered in strange spots and it took all I had not to drag the poor kid to the hospital every time.

But, as I quickly learned, it is completely normal and common for babies to develop rashes on their super sensitive skin. In fact, most of these common baby rashes described by the Mayo Clinic, require nothing but time and patience as treatment.
Here are some of the most common baby rashes- I think my son has had them all!

Diaper Rash:

What baby hasn’t had the dreaded diaper rash? Over all, we have been lucky to have only dealt with a few diaper rashes, but they were not fun for mommy or baby.
Diaper rash usually presents itself as red patches or bumps on the baby’s bottom and is usually caused by too much moisture in the diaper. Treatment wise, a little over the counter diaper creams and some airing out of the bottom goes a long way. But for chronic or persistent diaper rashes, your baby’s pediatrician can help with prescription creams.


Those tiny white bumps that you may have spotted around your baby’s nose, cheeks, or chin, are what the medical professionals refer to as milia. Many babies are born with milia which is harmless and requires no special treatment. Whatever you do, do not try to pick or pop these bumps! Milia usually goes away within a few weeks.

Baby Eczema:

This is a rash that I am all too familiar with as a parent. Baby eczema is one of the few rashes that can be extremely uncomfortable for the baby. Eczema in babies can present itself in dry, itchy, red or white scaly patches and can show up anywhere on baby’s body.
There are a number of different potential causes for eczema in babies such as food or environmental allergies, temperature changes, or reactions to soaps or lotions.
Figuring out what is causing your baby’s eczema is the first challenge, finding one of the many creams and ointments that works for your baby if needed is the next.

Cradle Cap:

I was bummed when I noticed my precious baby’s head covered in scaly dry skin. But unfortunately, cradle cap is one of the most common rashes experienced by newborns.
Cradle cap is characterized by dry scaly patches of skin on a baby’s head. The patches can appear white or yellow and may even show up on other hairy spots, such as baby’s eyebrows. While it is far from attractive, cradle cap is pretty harmless and usually clears up by about 6 months. In the meantime, some parents find that different moisturizing ointments or oils help with the symptoms.

Heat Rash:

Heat rash is common in babies during the hotter seasons as it is a result of babies being too warm. The rash typically appears as tiny red or white spots and will go away on it’s own.

Baby Acne:

Ah, the dreaded baby acne. I hated seeing my baby’s beautiful face covered in little red pimples. It was even worse when I learned that they could have been caused by baby’s exposure to my hormones while I was pregnant. But, the fact is, baby acne is super common and harmless.
Parents can continue washing baby’s face as normal. But again, resist the urge to pop these pimples which will do nothing but cause your sweet baby unnecessary pain!

Staying On Top of Your Baby’s Activities:

It is essential to track and log your baby’s activities for the first few month to monitor your baby’s health.  Your pediatrician actually might ask for it when you go to the hospital for the first and the second months check up.    You can certainly do it using pens and paper but why do that when there is an app!  My phone is never away from me and MammaBaby app has been a life saver for me.  One of the cool thing about this app is you can share responsibility of logging with your significant other or caregiver because it syncs with multiple devices.










Rachelle is a wife to Brian, mommy to her babies, Jax and Taytum, and freelance writer from the middle of nowhere, Ohio. She enjoys spending her time outdoors with her family and their bulldog, Captain. A few of her favorite things are reading, writing, summertime, playdates, and Ohio State football.

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  1. Jill May 12, 2013 at 3:39 am #

    Ugh, excema is the worst! Still not sure what triggers it for my babies, I’m pretty sure it’s just hereditary 😛 but we can control it pretty well with cream :)

    Thanks for writing about this…it’s not something you are prepared for really pre-baby!

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  4. Whitney November 16, 2013 at 5:42 am #

    I have a 7 week old baby girl. She recently was diagnosed with an allergy to protein, to which her milk needed changing to Nan-HA, the rash the protein cause disappeared but not I notice small red pimples arriving on her face around her neck a few random 1s on her tummy & legs.. My question is what could it be? I’m super worried about her, I’m new at all this stuff so everything makes me worry as her protein allergy caused her to over night at the hospital :( I don’t want another hospital stay again. Please help.
    Concerned Mum

  5. Kuksmummy February 9, 2014 at 1:25 pm #

    I am so glad I came to your blog. Info found was so helpful, worried for days about a sudden rash dat appeared on my baby’s body. Was planning to ran to the hospital in the morning. U saved me from a great deal of uncertainty. Thanks a lot and keep up the good work.

  6. Roy March 29, 2014 at 5:01 pm #

    We are experiencing the same issue now… Thanks for this great information … save use lots of time

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