There is nothing in the world as soft, delicious and beautiful as a baby’s skin. However, being so sensitive it is very common for your skin to present irritation and redness. First of all, don’t stress: skin allergies are common and there are no hard and fast rules about how and when they appear. In this article we give you information about the most typical irritations in babies and what you can do in each case.
Something as harmless as baby saliva can irritate their sensitive skin, causing it to turn red and irritated, which is particularly common when their first teeth are coming in . This is because their gums are inflamed so the baby feels them with his tongue and also bites whatever he finds, producing more saliva than normal.
The irritation of the chin and neck during the teething stage usually is not a concern and often kept as dry as possible area (without rubbing the skin) can help. However, if you are ever concerned that the rash is something more serious, contact a healthcare professional.
Your baby or toddler may have come into contact with something external, such as leaves, grass, or other herbs, that has irritated their skin and caused irritation or redness.
According to experts, skin rashes resulting from contact with nature usually disappear on their own, but if they occur together with other symptoms such as swelling of the face or difficulty breathing, you should see a doctor immediately.
Food allergy reaction
Our baby’s skin rash can also be the result of food allergies. When a body mistakenly treats the proteins found in certain foods as a threat, it releases chemicals that cause the symptoms of an allergic reaction (which can include skin rashes).
The eggs and milk are common allergic foods, and the like seafood. If you think your child has a food allergy, remove it from their diet immediately and speak with a health professional who will advise you on how to establish and control the allergy.
Chemical skin rashes
Many people assume that children’s skin is less sensitive once they are no longer newborns, but that is not necessarily the case. Many products, from soaps to shampoos, can contain perfumes or chemicals that irritate your baby’s skin. If you notice dryness and redness, try to determine if it may be due to a new product and avoid using it.
“My husband bought some cheap wipes for my son when he was almost three years old,” says Claudia, Manuel’s mother. “Against my better judgment, I used them to clean his face and hands after he went to the bathroom by himself. About a week later, the skin around his mouth was all red and sore. I was so mad at myself for not trusting him. My instincts (and my husband even more for buying them, obviously!)”;