- Newborn or neonatal acne: This causes red splotches and whiteheads on the baby’s cheeks, forehead and chin. It is thought to be caused by the baby’s skin and oil glands reacting to the hormones that pass to the baby from the mother during pregnancy or through breastfeeding.
- Erythema toxicum: This causes yellowish or whitish spots surrounded by red rings, usually on the face, neck and abdomen.
- Milia: These are tiny whiteheads that usually show up on the baby’s nose. They are thought to be caused by plugged pores.
- Prickly heat: This is a reddish, bumpy rash that tends to arise in the baby’s skin folds in the neck, behind the ears, and in the nappy area. It is thought to be caused by the skin’s reaction to heat, moisture and chafing.
Our parenting advice is given as suggestions only. We recommend you also consult your healthcare provider, and urge you to contact them immediately if your question is urgent or about a medical condition.