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 clear up naturally. If your baby is otherwise well but has a rash that you are worried about contact your midwife or health visitor. Heat rash is common and is nothing to worry about. It mainly appears on the head and neck as tiny red spots. Keep babies warm but not hot and try to dress them in natural cotton clothes, with nothing that can rub on their skin.
Eczema is common in babies and they normally grow out of the condition. Eczema in babies often starts between the ages of two and four months. The symptoms are patches of red, dry and itchy skin. If you think your child has eczema, speak to your GP or health visitor.
In all cases of eczema, frequent unperfumed emollients (moisturisers) help. These can also be used for washing and bathing and should also be used at nursery and school.