How to treat baby acne and baby "red cheeks"

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Babies do get acne, well it’s perfectly harmless, and it can sometimes bother the parents, especially if you having big plans for baby photo shoot. Baby acne appears around 2 or 3 weeks of age and it can last for about 2 months. What I usually recommend is washing your babies face with just mild and scented 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 so it will look better for pictures. It’s perfectly harmless rash and there is no other reason to treat it. It will go away in time. It is 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 are a teenager.

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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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