Baby Skin & Circular Rashes

Updated April 17, 2017

Even though your baby is the most beautiful and perfect baby in the world to you, she can get a rash. Baby rashes can be red, circular, bumpy, flat, scaly, skin-coloured or slightly darker than your baby's skin in their appearance. According to the National Library of Medicine, rashes in babies are quite common and most often they are found to be harmless and clear up by themselves.


Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin that can occur in people of all ages, including babies. The infection, which has nothing to do with worms, can show itself as a circular rash anywhere on your baby's body. The rash has a red, raised outline and is itchy. It starts out as a small circle and grows over time, usually no larger than an inch in diameter. Babies contract ringworm by contact with an infected person or pet. Infected hats, hair brushes and towels can also be the culprit. Once ringworm has been diagnosed, you can apply a topical anti-fungal cream to the area twice a day for three weeks to get rid of the infection.

Diaper Rash

Diaper rash is the most common rash in babies and is a result of prolonged contact of the skin to urine, faeces and dampness. The sign of a diaper rash is a patch of bright red skin on your baby's bottom. The area is often also painful when touched. Diaper rash can start off small and start spreading beyond the diaper area. Blistering can also occur. You will have to change your baby's diaper frequently and apply a thick layer of diaper rash cream to combat the rash. An Allergy ring is a form of diaper rash that is caused by acidic foods fed to your baby. The rash appears in the form of a red ring around your baby's anus. It can be prevented by not feeding your baby the rash-causing foods.

Infant Acne

Infant acne can appear on your baby's face as early as two weeks after birth. According to the condition is at its worse between the sixth and twelfth week and will disappear on its own by the time your baby is 5 months of age. The acne won't leave any scars on the baby's skin. The condition, which is believed to be caused by exposure to the mother's hormones while in the uterus, appears as small, round acne-like whiteheads that are outlined by reddish skin. To make the rash look somewhat better, you can apply hydrocortisone cream to the effected area twice a day for up to two days.

Baby Eczema

Baby eczema appears as patches of red, scaly, oozing skin that is itchy. The shape of the eczema depends on what type of eczema your baby has. Discoid Eczema which even though more common in adults, but can effect people of all ages and genders, show itself in circular patches on the skin. Certain clothing or substances such as bubble bath irritate the skin causing eczema. To avoid eczema and to treat it, you should keep irritating substances away from your baby and only bathe her every three days. After bathing, pad your baby's skin dry. Moisturise the skin with unscented lotions or creams. Your baby will outgrow the condition.

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