Baby Skin Problems

Baby skin problems are often quite different than those affecting adults. Learn more about baby skin problems at howstuffworks in this section.

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10 Ways to Prevent and Treat Cradle Cap

If you notice flaky patches on your baby's scalp, don't be alarmed -- it's probably just cradle cap. What is this skin condition, and how should you handle it?

Top 5 Ways to Treat Diaper Rash

Babies cry for all sorts of reasons, but a particularly good one is diaper rash. How can you battle this buttocks scourge and give baby some peace? We've got five tips.

Baby Heat Rash

Almost anyone can get heat rash, but it occurs most often in babies. What is it about infants' skin that makes this condition so common for them?

Cradle Cap

You might stress out if you notice scaly, flaky patches on your baby's scalp, but don't worry -- it's probably cradle cap, a common, treatable condition.

Erythema Toxicum Overview

Erythema toxicum is a rash that affects about half of all newborns. But don't worry, new parents -- it's completely harmless.

Fifth Disease Overview

Often confused with other rash-inducing illnesses, a relatively mild form of fifth disease passes through many kids' lives unnoticed. But what happens when it affects adults?


If you see a small, red growth developing on your newborn's skin, it's most likely a common type of birthmark known as a hemangioma. What is this growth, and can it be treated?

Milia Overview

Most people believe harsh exfoliants help ward off skin problems, but for some people they can cause milia to appear. How do you get rid of these pimple-like bumps when they arise?

Top 5 Ways to Prevent Diaper Rash

Your baby is crying and looks uncomfortable. When you check his diaper, you see blotchy red skin that looks like it's been burned -- a classic sign of diaper rash. How can you prevent it?

Why are some babies treated with bili lights?

If you've ever been to a hospital neonatal unit, you may have noticed some infants under bright blue lights. No, they aren't in an azure tanning bed. In fact, those lights may save their lives.

What is a birthmark?

I noticed a light brown spot emerge on my newborn son's forehead when he was about three days old. It never went away. Everyone calls it a birthmark. What is a birthmark?