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So all moms imagine that their baby will be born with beautiful, soft skin. They also believe that this soft skin will continue to remain perfect as their baby grows. The truth is the world, as we know it is completely new and foreign to our babies and oftentimes their skin is a reflection of that.

Newborn rash also known as erythema toxicum is probably one of the most common newborn rashes.

Firstly, many babies are born with lanugo or fine hair on their backs, shoulders, cheeks, and maybe even the forehead. This hair typically will fall off in the first few weeks of life. Vernix, a thick, waxy white substance may also be noticed on your baby’s skin. This is normal and was the substance that protected and moisturized your baby’s skin when he/she was in the amniotic fluid. This will wash off during your baby’s first bath. Another skin variation that is often seen is baby acne, which usually resolves a few weeks after delivery. Newborn rash also known as erythema toxicum is probably one of the most common newborn rashes. It can appear raised and even have a blotchy appearance. This usually clears in a week or so. Finally, milia that appear as small white bumps on the nose and face are caused by blocked oil glands. Once your baby’s oil glands enlarge and open up in a few days or weeks, the white bumps disappear. These are just a few common, yet sometimes worrisome skin changes that you may notice in your baby. They are all normal skin variations that can occur and parents should not be troubled if they notice them.

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