Treating Toddler Acne

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Treatment

Toddler, or baby, acne is extremely rare. Many newborns have minor amounts of reddened blemishes that appear on their faces one to two months after they're born. However, the blemishes are very small, are not often cause for concern and vanish within a few days or weeks. If you have taken your baby to the pediatrician and still feel that these bumps are unsightly, the best thing you can do to treat the problem is to keep your baby's or toddler's face clean. Use the same mild cleanser that you use on your toddler during bath time. Wipe the toddler's face with a washcloth and warm water to remove excess dirt. Then apply some of the cleanser to the washcloth and gently move the washcloth around the child's face. Wash it once more with warm water to remove the cleanser and any lingering dirt.

Prevention

Not a lot can be done to prevent the little red bumps that may naturally occur on newborns and toddlers. To prevent any further irritation, be sure to keep your child's mouth clean after meal times and snacks. Wipe his face when he wakes up from a nap or in the morning to prevent any drool or irritants from his sheets or pillow from remaining on his face. Limit the amount of products you use on his face, including baby oils, lotions and sunscreens. Although sunscreen application can be necessary, choose one that is hypoallergenic, keep your child out of the direct sun, or rely on hats, sunglasses and shade to compensate for minimal sunscreen use.

Considerations

True cases of acne in a baby or toddler do not happen frequently. Commonly, parents will mistake eczema, or atopic dermatitis, for acne. Unlike acne, eczema is usually hereditary and results in outbreaks that occur when the individual comes into contact with something that he is allergic to or that irritates his skin. Eczema outbreaks can be reduced by keeping the toddler away from items that are known to irritate his skin and by having him tested for common food and environmental allergies early.

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