How to treat your babys red cheeks?

Pediatrician Tanya Altmann explains how babies can often be encumbered by acne, which is often due to the transfer of hormones from the mother to the baby
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How to treat your babys red cheeks?

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- Babies do get acne, and while it's perfectly harmless, it can sometimes bother the parents, especially if you have big plans for a baby photo shoot. Baby acne often appears around two or three weeks of age, and it can last for about two months. What is usually recommend is washing your baby's face with just a mild, unscented baby soap and some water. If the acne is very red and angry looking, ask your doctor about putting on an over the counter 1% hydrocortisone cream just for a few days in a row to help tame the acne down. Simply, it's what looks better for pictures. It's perfectly a harmless rash, and there's no other reason to treat it. It'll go away in time. It's usually due to the transfer of mom's hormones to the baby, and having acne as a baby does not mean that your baby will have more acne when they're a teenager.


Pediatrician Tanya Altmann explains how babies can often be encumbered by acne, which is often due to the transfer of hormones from the mother to the baby

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Tanya Altmann, MD, FAAP

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A leading medical authority for the popular press and entertainment industry, Dr. Tanya Altmann is a best-selling author, parenting expert and media spokesperson. A working mother and UCLA-trained pediatrician who practices in Southern California, Dr. Tanya is a designated spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, communicating complicated medical issues into easily understood concepts.  She is a child health expert for numerous news programs and talk shows including Today (NBC), and KTLA (CW Los Angeles). She stays on the cutting edge through her position as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA, as the Chief Medical Advisor for the Newborn Channel and her private practice.

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