Rashes and dry skin

Baby skin needs extra care


A baby’s skin is thinner and needs extra care. Dry, flaky skin, some blemishes, blotches and slight rashes are normal in newborns and will naturally clear up. If your baby is well but has a rash you are worried about contact your Midwife or Health Visitor.

Another common rash for babies is heat rash. This mainly appears on the head and neck as tiny red spots and is nothing to worry about. Keep them warm but not hot and try to dress them in natural cotton clothes, with nothing that can rub on their skin.

Your baby may also suffer from something called cradle cap. This is the name given to the yellowish, greasy scaly patches on the scalp of newborns and usually appears in the baby’s first three months. It can look like a bad case of dandruff and is harmless, it doesn’t cause any irritation to your baby and usually clears up by the time they are two years old.

The above information cannot replace specialist treatment. If you are worried contact your GP.