Medical treatment is often not necessary – baby skin is very sensitive. As subcutaneous fatty tissue and sweat glands develop entirely only after birth, skin problems such as milk scab, baby acne or even milia can occur as a result of various influences on the skin.
In many babies, even in the first month of life develop milia, also called semolina grains. These are harmless little pimples on the skin that often disappear after a few days or weeks.
According to medical findings, the cause of semolina is the influence of maternal hormones, which are still in the baby’s body shortly after birth. These cause a sort of overreaction of the sebaceous glands, which then cause the semolina grains on the skin.
Skin changes in the baby are disturbing for many parents and are rightly associated with going to the pediatrician. Even if semolina granules on the baby skin cause no health problems, there are, for example, more serious infectious diseases (such as scarlet fever ) that cause rashes. To distinguish this from one another is difficult for many parents without appropriate medical education and experience.
Milia are often pin-sized, white dots made of horn material. If they happen once, they often multiply quickly. They often occur in the facial area of a baby and are not contagious. In contrast to other skin lesions, such as the baby acne, the pebble-like pimples are not reddish and do not occur like a sheet but rather as a single whitish, small pimple.
Treatment is often unnecessary
Since milia do not cause any pain and usually disappears on its own after a few days to weeks, pediatricians refrain from treating this relatively harmless skin change. As a rule, they even advise against taking any treatment, since the injury to the grains of the semolina by pressing and scratching provides room for infection.
The treatment with creams irritates the delicate baby skin often also and is therefore not advisable. Only when the milia do not recede over several weeks or months or occur, again and again, treatment options are considered.
- Milia is a painless, spontaneously occurring skin lesion that usually disappears after a few weeks.
- Milii, also known as semolina grains, appear as pinhead-sized, white pimples made of horn material and usually appear on the face.
- Medical treatment is often not necessary.
- The expression or scratching away should be avoided since it leads to small injuries of the skin, which can ignite.
- The treatment with skin creams can unnecessarily irritate baby skin and possibly provide for further skin changes (redness, other pimples).