My first baby, a perfect little boy, looked like an Elvis doll.
He had full black spiky hair and a chin dimple. His eyes were wide open and he was very chill. Thanks to his caesarean birth he didn’t have any physical signs of birth that I had seen in friend’s babies like forceps’ imprints in foreheads and stretched heads. But by the time he was five months old he’d lost all his hair and developed a number of skin conditions. So of course, we nicknamed him Itchy & Scratchy.
As a first time parent I was pretty startled that his movie star looks didn’t last very long. They came back, but not until I got a handle on all of his skin conditions that were at their worst at five months and continued to plague him until he was around two. Most babies will get one or two of these skin conditions, not all of them like my baby did, and many skin conditions will make their first appearances during the first few days after birth.
It was my first baby that had the most severe eczema out of all three of my children. I had no idea what it was so didn’t take him to the doctor until it was starting to bother him. Having never heard of it before I had done nothing to try and prevent it.
Now I know that if your child is prone to eczema you need to stop bathing them every day, make sure all of the products you use are fragrance and chemical-free, get rid of all wool products including clothing, blankets and toys, keep the skin moist and launder their clothes and bedding separately using sensitive laundry products for babies. My doctor talks about how to prevent eczema by avoiding all irritants and allergens and investing in products that are plant-based, non-toxic and friendly to your baby’s skin. In cases of persistent or severe eczema talk to your doctor about steroid treatments, nutritional supplements and other more focused treatments.
2. Baby acne.
This is sometimes called “milk rash” but it really is just baby acne, caused by changing hormones after birth. According to the Mayo Clinic the most common places for baby acne to show up are the “cheeks, nose and forehead,” so the face. My first baby got it on his cheek. It was one really angry looking pimple that I was desperate to pop but didn’t dare because his skin was so incredibly delicate.