Common Rashes That Can Show Up On Your Baby’s Legs

Common Rashes That Can Show Up On Your Baby’s Legs

17 Oct 2022 | 3 min Read

Reema Shah

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Your baby’s little legs can attract marks, rashes and other alarming changes. However, many of these little bumps and breakouts go away on their own and are rarely serious. Learn about some common baby rashes, that can show on their legs.

5 Common Rashes On Baby Legs

1. Yeast Infection (Candidiasis)

This is a common yeast infection in babies up to 15 months old. It mostly develops in warm moist areas of the skin such as under the diaper. Babies who are on antibiotics and are breastfed plus whose nursing parents are on antibiotics are also more prone to these infections. Antibiotics kill the good bacteria in the body that keep yeast in check and hence these baby rashes can show on their legs, diaper areas and the bottom. It’s advisable to keep natural diaper rash cream like the BabyChakra Diaper Rash cream at home, to soothe the baby’s rash.

2. Molluscum Contagiosum

Molluscum contagiosum happens due to a pox virus. However, you need not worry as molluscum has no harmful consequences besides cosmetic aggravation and the potential for spread to other family members. This usually isn’t an issue that affects newborn skin and it’s usually going to affect those over the age of one.

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Rashes on baby legs are common to happen and usually get back to normal on their own / Image credit – Canva

3. Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

Hand, foot, and mouth diseases are also known as coxsackie virus and cause a distinct rash. Babies usually get infected with this during the spring and summer.

4. Heat Rash (Miliaria)

Miliaria happens to babies when their developing sweat glands get clogged. They are common baby rashes that happen especially in hot, humid weather or due to over-bundling in the first few weeks of life.

Miliaria looks like tiny pink or clear bumps that can sometimes look like minute blisters.

5. Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

Other common rashes on baby legs include atopic dermatitis or eczema which causes dry, cracked skin and can turn into a big red rashy mess. This happens due to a defect in a protein called filaggrin, which normally protects skin and helps it retain moisture and keeps out irritants. When filaggrin is deficient in the baby, water easily evaporates from the skin, resulting in dryness and cracks, allowing outside irritants to settle in and wreak rashy havoc.

Baby rashes are very common and they can show up on the baby’s legs anytime. Ensure that you avoid using any products without the doctor’s approval to treat them.



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