But from contact dermatitis to eczema, skin allergies are not uncommon in babies, and there are no hard and fast rules as to when they might appear, so it’s important not to worry that you have somehow been negligent.
The most important thing is to establish what has caused the irritation, then decide the best course of action from there.
Skin rashes from teething
Something as innocuous as babies’ saliva can irritate their sensitive skin, causing it to become red and bumpy, which is particularly prevalent when they’re teething. Teething rash is generally nothing to worry about and keeping the area as dry as possible (without rubbing their chin) can often help. If you are ever concerned that the rash is something more serious however, always contact a healthcare professional.
Skin rashes from nature
Your baby or toddler may have come into contact with something outside, such as grass, which has irritated their skin causing a rash or hives. Rashes from things outdoors, according to the NHS, generally disappear on their own, but if they appear alongside other symptoms such as swelling of the face or difficulty breathing, seek immediate medical attention.
Skin rashes from food allergies
Alternatively, your baby’s rash may be a result of allergies to certain foods. When a body mistakenly treats proteins found in certain foods as a threat, it releases chemicals that cause the symptoms of an allergic reaction – including rashes. Eggs and milk are common food allergens, as is shellfish. If you believe your child has a food allergy, speak to a healthcare professional who will advise you on how to establish and manage the allergy.
Rashes from chemicals in products
‘My husband bought some cheap wet wipes for my son when he was almost three,’ says mum, Kat. ‘Against my better judgement I used them for wiping his face and hands, as he was potty-trained by this time, and after about a week the skin around his mouth was all red and sore looking. I was so annoyed with myself for not trusting my instincts (and my husband for buying them, obviously!)’
It can be easy to assume children’s skin is less sensitive once they leave the newborn stage, but that’s not necessarily the case. Many products from soap powders to bubble bath can contain perfumes or chemicals, so if parts of their skin suddenly look dry and red, try to establish whether it may be down to a new product, and refrain from using it.
If you do use something that irritates your child’s skin, try not to feel too guilty as it is very easily done. But this is where WaterWipes or WaterWipes with soapberry can help. Made from nothing but water and fruit extract, they are the world’s purest baby wipes that provide the gentle but robust cleansing your child needs.
Ultimately, skin allergies are common and often harmless, but if you are ever concerned about your child’s rash, always seek medical advice. And read our article on common skin problems for more information.