Baby Rash on Face: Common Causes and Possible Treatments

What is that annoying rash on my baby’s face? this question pediatrics to be heard usually during a baby’s first years. Commonly, baby rash on face is a common problem among babies and parents that is expected to be seen at least one on your baby’s face during his first year of life. Luckily, most rashes are mild and treatment is  usually straightforward.


General Causes of Baby Rash on Face


  • Your baby might be allergic to certain foods that you eat and they transferred through breast milk. The allergies also can be due to the food given to the child, like certain ingredients in the baby food is not suiting him.
  • Usually, people do not care of washing out their hands before touching your baby’s face or kiss him on the cheeks. Therefore, the germs passed on and they eventually affect baby’s skin.
  • Baby rash on face can be developed due to extreme climatic conditions like too much of cold or heat. This can dehydrate baby’s skin even when parents might deem that the weather is good for the baby
  • Allergies can be triggered by the chemicals that being produced for keeping the baby clean. Detergents and Perfumes which present in the baby creams and soaps may cause ample trouble for the baby.
  • Allergies may pass from pets. So, keep your pets away from baby because they can lead to skin infection in babies.


Baby Rash on Face

Types of Baby Rash on Face



A chickenpox rash begins as red spots that develop tiny fluid-filled blisters in a few hours on your baby’s face. Then, they may spread to his body appearing in crops. They might be most sore on his scalp genitals and in her mouth.

There are symptoms that appears along with facial rashes:

  • headache
  • fever
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • muscle aches


Chickenpox is caused due to a virus, so it will go away on its own within a few days. If you suspect that your baby has chickenpox, take him to the doctor.

You can help your baby to get healing by making sure that he gets plenty of rest and giving her extra fluids and paracetamol to bring down his fever. Moreover, you can treat the spots with calamine lotion.


Cradle cap

It is common in newborns. When your baby has cradle cap, he will pass in a very bad case of dandruff. It can show up as a red area on your baby’s scalp that covered with greasy, yellow, scaly patches. Then, over time the scales start to become flaky , that means they rub off easily.
Cradle cap may cover the whole of your baby’s scalp. It can also cover your baby’s face and neck, and around her nappy area, armpits, and nose.

To treat the cradle cap at home, you should wash your baby’s hair regularly and use a soft brush to loosen the flakes.


Eczema appears as reddish or tan-colored patches of scaly, rough or bumpy skin. Eczema can become worse when the patches turn itchy and ooze and crust over. You need to avert eczema from reaching this point; otherwise it will lead to infection because of scratching.

Eczema can be preventable via amendments in the baby’s diet.

If you suspect that your baby has eczema, contact your doctor. In this case, you should use a moisturizing and gentle soap. Apply aquaphor cream and petroleum jelly After baths to your baby’s face. It is important to make sure that the baby does not go overheated.



Impetigo first appears as blisters around your baby’s nose and mouth, then it can spread to other parts of the body. The blisters can be tiny and burst easily, or be larger and take a few days to burst depending on the type of impetigo.

After the blisters burst and dry , a scabby tan or yellow-brown crust will form. Those crusts will gradually recover and won’t leave scars.

Generally, Impetigo isn’t painful for your baby, but it can be itchy. Moreover, Your baby may also have a temperature and swollen lymph glands in his face or neck.

If you think that your baby has infectious impetigo, see your doctor. Your baby may need antibiotics to clear up the infection.



Milia are tiny and white spots that appear on your baby’s face. Usually,  they appear across your baby’s nose, cheeks, chin, forehead, or around her eyes. Even though milia seem raised, they will feel smooth if you touch them.

Normally, milia appear a couple of weeks after birth as the oil glands on your baby’s face are still developing. However, Don’t worry, your baby’s milia spots will clear up on their own within six weeks or a month.


Rubella (German measles)

Rubella’s first sign is flat, pinkish-red spots that appear on your baby’s face and neck, and then spread over the body. These spots can merge to form  coloured patches.

There are other symptoms can include:

  • A feverof 38 degrees C or less that lasts about 24 hours
  • Red inflamed eyes
  • Swollen lymph nodes at the base of her skull behind her ears and at the back of her neck
  • Stuffy or runny nose

If you suspect your baby has rubella, take your baby to the doctor. Rubella is a virus that will fade away on its own within a few days or so.


With scabies, Your baby will develop an itchy rash. It appears as scattered red bumps, usually around his wrists, between your baby’s fingers, on his armpits, belly and genitals and on the outside of his elbows. Scabies can also show up on your baby’s scalp, kneecaps, face, the palms of his hands, and on the sides and soles of his feet.
If your baby has scabies, you must see your doctor. The doctor will prescribe a cream to spread over every bit of your baby’s body from the neck down. Don’t skip the parts of the body that don’t seem to be infected.



Babies may have common warts. They look like raised, grainy bumps that appear on your baby’s hands, especially around her nails or where his skin has been broken. The bumps will have the same color as your baby’s skin. It may also be lighter or darker. However, the warts often contain one or more black dots.

There are other types of warts: 

  • Flat warts: they are smoother and smaller than the common warts. Basically, they appear on your baby’s face.
  • Plantar warts: they appear on the soles of your baby’s feet and it can be quite harmful.

Commonly, warts go away without treatment within a couple of months. However, some warts can take two 2-3 years.


Heat Rash

When your baby gets overheated, he may develop a red or clear rash on the face.

Heat rash on the baby face can be preventable by keeping your baby dressed in cotton clothes and sponging with cold water and staying in the shade helps.


Milk Rash

Milk rash is an allergic reaction to milk proteins. Mild rash usually appear on your baby’s chin, mouth or cheek area.

Generally, milk rash goes away without any treatment. However, if it persists for more than a month, you have to contact your pediatrician.  Additionally,  there are some steroid creams that can clear up persistent cases.

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