Common Neonatal Rashes

Pediatr Ann. 2019 Jan 1;48(1):e16-e22. doi: 10.3928/19382359-20181206-01.


Skin eruptions are commonly encountered in the neonatal and infant period and can be a source of concern for providers and parents alike. We present a brief, clinically focused discussion on topics commonly encountered by the pediatrician with a focus on pearls of knowledge to help distinguish diseases from one another and from more serious conditions. We review miliaria, transient neonatal pustular melanosis, neonatal cephalic pustulosis, erythema toxicum neonatorum, diaper dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, and atopic dermatitis. Treatment strategies are also discussed. [Pediatr Ann. 2019;48(1):e16-e22.].

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Exanthema / etiology*
  • Exanthema / therapy
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Newborn, Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Infant, Newborn, Diseases / therapy
  • Skin / pathology*