Treating milk rash in babies
Milk rash is a red facial rash that is common in newborn babies and infants in the first few months of life and characterized by small, white bumps that looks like pimples that usually occurs in the face, shoulders and tops of arms. The bumps or also called “milia”, occurs on the cheeks, nose and forehead of the baby, but can spread to the arms, torso or the genitalia.
Milk rashes are allergic response to formulas of milk or a hormonal reaction to the breast milk. Sometimes, these rashes appear if milk has dried up on the face of the baby and was not wiped or cleaned. It can also happen if the skin of the baby is always wet with saliva or comes in close contact with some harsh fabrics or chemicals like perfumes or colognes. Another cause of milk rash is a change in the diet of the baby. Infants and small children have a digestive tract and immune system that is not yet mature, and they are not yet ready for a quick introduction to a new food. Cow’s milk can also be another cause of milk rash.
Symptoms of milk rash include eczema and hives. Hives is a skin rash in different shapes and sizes that occur all over the body. These swellings are flat on top and causes itchiness. This skin condition is harmless, but it can be uncomfortable for babies and small children. Another condition that is caused by milk allergy is eczema. A chronic case of eczema can recur anytime and can disappear. Eczema causes the skin to form blisters filled with fluids, drains and crust over which causes pain and discomfort. By enrolling in a class on first aid, you can learn measures to help ease the discomfort.
Treatment and home remedies
- Change the diet of the mother since she has to avoid milk and other milk based products until she stops nursing. For formula-fed babies, change to amino acid based formula that is recommended instead of a regular brand. Amino-acid based formula is safe for babies with milk or soy allergies since they do not contain protein.
- Using jasmine flowers which are white, sweet smelling flowers that contain healing compounds. It is used for its sedative, anti-depressant and aphrodisiac effects as well as effective for milk rash conditions. Chill the flowers before using and rub it gently on the rash of the baby. The oil in the flowers moisturizes the skin of the baby.
- Wash the face of the baby using mild cleansers to help clear up the rashes in a few days.
- You can also use breast milk in treating rashes of babies by using wet a cotton ball with the breast milk and rub it gently to the rash daily until it disappears.
- Wipe the face of the baby after each feeding with a clean cloth in order to prevent occurrence of rashes.
- Change bibs, clothing or towel frequently in order to prevent milk rash formations.