Milia

1 What is Milia?

When tiny white bumps appear across a baby’s chin, cheeks or nose it is called milia knew as milk spots which are common in newborns but can occur at any age.

There is no treatment and prevention for milia because they will disappear on their own in a few weeks.

2 Symptoms

Tiny white bumps appearing across a baby’s chin, cheeks or nose are the main symptoms of milia.

Milia may also occur in other body parts of the baby like the upper limbs or trunk.

Epstein pearls are similar like milia and can be seen in the baby’s gums or mouth.

Other babies develop acne and pustules on the chin, forehead and cheeks, this can occur with or without milia.

If you suspect that your baby has this and it doesn’t clear up within 3 months, visit your child’s pediatrician.

3 Causes

When tiny skin flakes become trapped in small pockets near the surface of the skin is the cause of milia.

4 Making a Diagnosis

There is no testing needed for milia diagnosis. Call your pediatrician right away and asks to see your child’s condition. 

You can ask your pediatrician these questions:

  • What is the cause of this?
  • Is this temporary or permanent?
  • Are there any treatments available?
  • Is there any testing involved?
  • Does my baby have any restrictions? 

Your pediatrician will give you instructions what to do and a good opportunity to discuss your concern about your baby.

5 Treatment

There is no medical treatment for milia because it will disappear on its own within a few weeks or months.

6 Prevention

There is no known prevention for milia. Just take care of your baby’s skin.

7 Alternative and Homeopathic Remedies

Ask your pediatrician first before using any of the following alternative and home remedies for milia:

  • Exfoliate the baby’s skin with a mild soap then wash it with water.
  • Another remedy is with a clean wash cloth.

8 Lifestyle and Coping

Coping with milia is simple as it goes away on its own. You can follow these lifestyle tips to make the process as bearable as possible.:

  • keep your baby’s face
  • wash it with mild soap and water
  • dry it gently
  • do not use oils or powders or lotions to avoid infection or irritation
  • do not scrub it with a towel for it may cause more irritations and to avoid infection
  • do not pinch your baby’s face

9 Risks and Complications

The only risk of milia is an infection so avoid putting oils or any cream on your child’s face without asking your child’s pediatrician.

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