Baby’s First Year: Navigating Common Skin Issues From Cradle Cap to Baby Acne

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Your baby’s skin can be especially sensitive during the first year of life, so pediatric skin conditions are relatively common among infants. From baby acne and cradle cap to molluscum, eczema and everything in between, our team has seen (and treated) it all. Choosing a pediatric-friendly dermatologist you can trust to accurately diagnose and treat skin conditions is of utmost importance — and Dermatology Associates of Plymouth Meeting is here to help.

Pediatric-Friendly Dermatology at Dermatology Associates of Plymouth Meeting

Diagnosing and treating pediatric skin conditions requires specialized expertise and knowledge. At Dermatology Associates of Plymouth Meeting, our clinic is committed to providing comprehensive family dermatologic care that includes even the youngest of infants. Our staff is prepared to provide the sensitive care that children need, so you can rest assured your little one is in good hands.

Introducing the Pediatric Experts: Dr. McGuinn and Dr. McGeehin

Our very own Dr. Kathleen McGuinn and Dr. Eleni McGeehin are committed to providing your baby with the highest standard of dermatological care. Dr. McGeehin graduated from Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine, completing her dermatology residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Today, she practices a combination of general, surgical and cosmetic dermatology.

Meanwhile, Dr. McGuinn completed her medical degree at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia before completing her research fellowship in the Department of Dermatology and her dermatology residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in 2019. Today, she works alongside Dr. McGeehin to provide excellent general, surgical and cosmetic dermatological care to adults and children of all ages.

Common Skin Issues in a Baby’s First Year (And How to Address Them)

From cradle cap and baby acne to eczema and rashes, there are a number of skin conditions that are common in the baby’s first year.

Cradle Cap (Seborrheic Dermatitis)

Cradle cap is extremely common in young infants after birth and often presents itself as dry, crusty patches on the scalp’s surface. Some cases will resolve on their own, but others may require specialized care in the form of a medicated shampoo or other treatment.

Baby Acne

Hormonal changes after birth can also cause baby acne, which presents as small bumps or pustules on the skin. Most often, baby acne is seen on the face, but it can occur anywhere on the body. Many cases of baby acne resolve on their own within a few weeks, but more persistent cases may require more specialized treatment.

Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

Baby’s sensitive skin is especially prone to eczema, which may be caused by sensitivities to certain foods or even dry skin in winter. Unfortunately, eczema in babies can cause extreme itching and discomfort, which is why we recommend a consultation and treatment in our office for persistent cases.

Skin Rashes

Other skin rashes can also occur during a baby’s first year of life, with causes ranging from environmental to hormonal. If you notice a rash on your child, it’s important to schedule a professional evaluation to determine the cause and appropriate treatment.

Warts, Molluscum and Other Growths

Warts, molluscum (raised lesions on the skin) and other growths are also common in infants. Some of these can be contagious, so it’s important to schedule a dermatological consultation if your child presents with any new growths or lesions.

Why Choose Dermatology Associates of Plymouth Meeting for Your Child

When your infant is suffering from a skin issue, you want to bring them to a gentle and compassionate dermatologist. At Dermatology Associates of Plymouth Meeting, we take great pride in our gentle pediatric applications, including our clinic’s advanced laser treatments. 

Meanwhile, we offer a wide range of comprehensive in-house treatment options so you can avoid being referred to yet another practice. With all treatments provided in our clinic, we’re dedicated to your child’s comfort by offering topical anesthetics and a stress-free environment.

The Importance of Pediatric-Friendly Dermatology

Skin care conditions in babies and children can differ greatly from those seen in adults — and they should be treated differently, too. This is where having a family friendly dermatologist you can turn to for specialized care makes all the difference. Our experienced and knowledgeable doctors understand what it takes to properly diagnose, treat and manage common skin conditions in babies, toddlers and young children.

When To Consult a Dermatologist for Your Child

Skin issues are especially common during a baby’s first year of life, so parents should be on the lookout for symptoms that may require a dermatologist’s assessment. Some symptoms to watch for include:

  • Unexplained or recurrent rashes
  • Blemishes or other signs of acne
  • Raised bumps or hives
  • Flaky and/or dried skin on the scalp

If a child’s rash or skin condition is accompanied by a high fever, loss of appetite or lethargy, seek emergency medical attention.

Even if your child doesn’t experience any skin issues during early childhood, it is recommended that regular skin screenings begin sometime between the ages of 12 and 15.

Schedule Your Child’s Consultation Today

Our team at Dermatology Associates of Plymouth Meeting is here to give you some added peace of mind as a parent. We’re committed to educating parents on the latest treatment protocols, medication schedules and symptoms to monitor. We’d be happy to schedule an appointment that suits your busy schedule. Request your child’s consultation at (610) 947-4322.