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What to do about baby acne?

I have a 3 week 5 day old and he is starting to break out very badly. I have looked it up online, and everything I find says just leave it alone.
Have any of you had this problem with your child(ren)? Did you leave it alone or use some sort of remedy?
I have heard that putting breastmilk on it helps. Have any of you tried it?

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Asked by Mom2Logan092310 at 4:00 PM on Oct. 19, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Make sure it is acne and not eczema. If it is acne, I have heard it will just go away after your hormones are out of his system.

    Answer by CarriePM at 4:05 PM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • It might not be acne but some sort of reaction to his sheets where he sleeps, it might be the detergent you use or something of the sort. There is a cream for this though ask the pediatrician.

    Answer by older at 4:05 PM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • all u can do is wash it with baby wash and a warm wash cloth and dont put any lotion or oil on the face.. and you can probly go to the pediatrician and get a cream for it..

    Answer by skin172 at 4:05 PM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • I don't think it is eczema because some of the bumps have lil white heads.
    Thank you for the response!

    Comment by Mom2Logan092310 (original poster) at 4:07 PM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • It will go away on it's own in a couple weeks. Use a gentle soap, the less fragrance the better, and don't worry about any treatments for it. They aren't necessary, and it won't be long until it heals on it's own.

    Answer by rhianna1708 at 4:08 PM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • Our ped told us to put a tiny bit of baby wash on a washcloth and wipe the area and then to make sure and rinse well and be careful of the eye area. That was after months of leaving it alone. I did that and within a week it was clearing up and within two weeks it was gone completely.

    Answer by SleepingBeautee at 4:09 PM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • My oldest child had very bad baby acne. There isn't anything you can do except keep their sweet little faces clean. Good luck!

    Answer by RoostersMom4 at 4:11 PM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • My son had baby acne. I just left it alone and it went away... He is now almost 9 months and no baby ache. Just leave it alone and it will go away.

    Answer by K-RydesMommy at 8:20 PM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • Either leave it be it does go away by itself or you can use Cetaphil twice a day.

    Answer by liss05 at 9:09 PM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • Squirt breast milk on it

    Answer by ecodani at 10:37 PM on Oct. 19, 2010

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