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Common Neonatal Rashes

Common Neonatal Rashes - Symptoms


It commonly affects areas of the skin rich in oil glands, such as the scalp, eyebrows, ears, back of the neck and diaper area.

On the scalp, it appears as whitish, oily skin flakes, often referred to as "cradle cap". In more severe cases, the scalp can have dense, thick, adherent yellow scales and crust.

On the other affected areas, the skin appears red, greasy, flaky, and itchy.


Neonatal acne occurs on the face, especially the cheeks and forehead but can also be seen on the scalp, upper chest and back.

Small red bumps, sometimes with pus are usually seen. Sometimes there are black heads and white heads.


Most infants develop diaper dermatitis at some stage, most commonly between nine and 12 months.

The skin in the diaper area becomes red. If severe, erosions may develop. If caused by irritation from stools and urine, usually the convex surfaces of the diaper area are affected. If caused by tight-fitting diapers, the folds are usually affected. If there is secondary fungal infection, "satellite" lesions and small pustules are seen. If there is secondary bacterial infection, the skin can become oozy and crusty.

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