Are you a mother? Have you heard of milia? Milia are the tiny white bumps that appear across a baby’s nose, chin or cheeks. They may also appear in other areas, such as upper trunk and legs. They are common in newborns and can occur at any age.
Unfortunately, they cannot be prevented. However, no treatment is needed as they typically disappear on their own in a few weeks or months. They are easily visible on the skin and no specific testing is needed. Milia develop when tiny skin flakes become trapped in small pockets near the surface of the skin.
Similar conditions include small bumps on the baby’s gums or roof of the mouth, which are known as Epstein pearls. Some babies also develop baby acne, which looks like small red bumps and pustules on the cheeks, chin, and forehead. Baby acne can be present with our without milia.
If milia does not clear up within three months, or you are concerned about your baby’s complexion, then you should see a doctor. Otherwise, medical examination and treatment of milia is not necessary.
Tips for preventing milia include: keeping your baby’s face clean by washing it daily with warm water and mild baby soap. Drying your baby’s face gently by simply patting the skin dry will also prevent milia. Don’t pinch or scrub the bumps, as this may cause more irritation or infection. Also, avoid using lotions or oils on your baby’s face. All of those tips used in conjunction can help prevent your baby from contracting milia.
If your baby is experiencing milia, let’s talk about what else you can do in their skin care regime to help clear up the milia. We offer complimentary consultations and we want to help you find a way to meet your skin care goals within your budget!