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Newborn has pimply rash all over body, even head. What could this be?

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My newborn (4 days old) has a pimply rash all over her body, even her head- what could this be
Posted Sat, 5 May 2012 in Child Health
Answered by Dr. Rakhi Tayal 1 hour later

Thanks for posting your query.

A pimply rash all over the body of a neonate might be Erythema Toxicum or Erythema Multiforme.

A direct examination by your pediatrician is the best way to get it diagnosed.

Most of such rashes are self limiting and improve with gentle skin care and avoiding irritating substances.

You can help the improvement by
* Avoid scrubbing the skin.
* Use as little soap as possible. Use gentle cleansers instead.
* Avoid applying any cosmetic lotions or ointments on the rash.
* Use warm (not hot) water for cleaning. XXXXXXX dry, don't rub.
* Leave the affected area exposed to the air as much as possible and try to keep the area dry.
* Hydrocortisone cream (1/2%) can be used for early improvement only after consulting your pediatrician. The patches usually take 5-7 days to disappear.

If the patches become more of purple rather than red, then you must consult a pediatrician immediately.

Hope this answers your query. I will be glad to answer the follow up queries that you have.

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