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Neonatal skin diseases

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Just like children, adolescents and adults, newborns are susceptible to a variety of neonatal skin diseases. These include but are not limited to:
  • Neonatal Acne
  • Erythema Toxicum
  • Peeling Skin
  • Milia
  • Nevus Simplex or Salmon Patches
  • Mongolian Spots 

Neonatal Acne

Neonatal acne (pimples) are commonly the result of exposure in the womb to maternal hormones. While the acne is not a serious condition, it can last for weeks or even months.

Erythema Toxicum

Erythema toxicum is a common rash that occurs in newborns. It looks like mosquito bites or hives. The cause is unknown and can be resolved without treatment after a few days or weeks. 

Peeling Skin

Babies can experience dry, peeling skin due to being born a little late. There is nothing to worry about though as the underlying skin is normal, soft and moist.

Milia (Little White Bumps)

Milia which are little white bumps on the nose and face of newborns are caused by blocked oil glands. If a baby’s oil glands enlarge and open up in a few days or weeks, the white bumps will disappear. 

Salmon Patches

Nevus simplex or Salmon patches (also called stork bites when they appear on the back of the neck or an angel’s kiss when they appear between the eyes) are nothing more than nests of blood vessels. This condition most likely is caused by maternal hormones and usually fades away on its own after a few weeks or months. 

Mongolian Spots

Mongolian spots are another common neonatal skin condition, frequently occurring in dark-skinned babies. Mongolian spots appear flat, gray-blue in color and can be small or large. They are caused by some pigment that didn’t make it to the surface layer of a baby’s skin at birth. They are harmless and usually fade away by school age.

If you feel your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact Florida Center for Pediatric Dermatology at 407.303.1687 or through our online contact form.