A couple of days after birth, young parents often notice white pimples on the face of a newborn baby. Are they dangerous for the general condition of the body of the body, why do they appear and what are the possible consequences of small white pimples on the face of an infant? We will try to answer questions that usually arise in newly-minted moms and dads who have experienced such skin rashes.
Causes of white pimples on the face of a newborn
Usually, for 3-4 days of life, the baby's body responds with an external response to adaptation to the outside world in the form of small mother-of-pearl bumps. They “settle” on the face, usually in the area of the nose, under the eyes or on the cheeks. There are several reasons for such manifestations on the skin:
- an excess of estriol - a female minor sex hormone - in the mother during pregnancy;
- the formation of sebaceous glands, provoking the formation of milium - white eels, which constitute a blockage of the pores with sebum;
- food allergy to nursing mothers.
Any of the above reasons is a normal phenomenon, so do not worry: white pimples will pass in a month and a half when the baby adapts to the new conditions of life.
How to care for skin with white pimples?
White pimples on the face of infants require special care, like care for the newborn girl as a whole, for example. In no case they can not be squeezed out or lubricated with alcohol-containing lotions and the more so by the alcohol itself. The fact is that the skin of newborns is very thin and tender, so alcohol can leave a burn on it. And yet, despite the fact that milia pass by themselves, a certain care is needed for them. What do we have to do?
- Daily hygienic procedures. In the morning, it is recommended washing with warm water, in the evening - a bath with herbs. It is better to stay on chamomile, as it has an anti-inflammatory effect and dries out the rash. You can bathe your baby in a weak solution of manganese - it will dry the milia.
- Do not wipe the newborn, and blot with a clean towel. For the face is better to have a separate towel.
- After cleansing the skin with water you can lubricate the pimples with baby lotion. If the crumb was born in the hot season or it has oily skin, then you can wipe it with lotion 3-4 times a day.
- The formation of the sebaceous glands occurs in the first weeks of the life of the crumbs. And since the ducts are still very narrow, sebum can not go outside and accumulates, forming pearly pimples.
After a couple of weeks, the ducts are finally formed, and clogged pores will open. Until this point, it is strictly forbidden to squeeze or pierce acne - it is better to leave them alone, limited to hygienic measures.
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Can white pimples on a baby's face be dangerous?
Milia is not dangerous to the health of the baby. But, if the number of white pimples on the nose of a newborn increases, you should contact a dermatologist. It is likely that because of the excess of estriol in the mother, the child received too many female sex hormones, which provoke skin blooms - an excess of white pimples. In this case, the hormone therapy is needed by the mother, and the condition of the baby will be stabilized through breast milk. If the baby is bottle-fed, then the excess rash with estriol is not associated.
If the rash does not go away within 2 months, and the pimples become more, suppurate and spread through the body, you should immediately consult a doctor. It may be:
- vesiculopustus (staphyloderma of infants, provoked by staphylococci and streptococci);
- infection with a rash;
- allergic reaction to pet hair or indoor plants.
An accurate diagnosis can only be made by a doctor. Therefore, if a rash on the face does not go away for a long time or causes any fear in the mother of the newborn, you should immediately contact the pediatrician.
White pimples on the face of a newborn appear imperceptibly and disappear imperceptibly. But still, they require certain hygienic measures and careful observation, as they can be a symptom of a serious infection or allergy. Therefore, in any case, be sure to pay attention to them to the district pediatrician. However, in most cases, the process of their formation is not associated with pathologies.