Rashes are extremely common and perfectly normal in babies. They can develop from as early as a few days after birth and are usually the result of a baby’s sensitive skin adapting to a new and very different environment. Most skin rashes are harmless and will usually go away on their own. The most common baby rash forms include new-born rash, baby acne, cradle cap, nappy rash, blocked oil glands, eczema (see Eczema) and hives (see Hives).

Why does my baby have a rash?

Food allergens, such as a Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA) can cause a rash in your baby. Other common causes of rashes include bacterial, fungal or viral infections. 

Could it be Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy?

A rash is a common symptom for babies with CMPA. Babies with CMPA usually experience more than just one symptom and these symptoms can be very different from one another.

If you think that your baby has a rash, it could be CMPA. You may have even noticed other symptoms (besides rash), which may affect other parts of your baby’s body.

For a simple and easy way to check common symptoms associated with CMPA, you can use our symptom checker.

In any case, if you have any doubts or concerns about your baby’s health, you should always seek advice from a medical professional as soon as possible.

Baby with a rash on hand

Other symptoms of Cow’s milk protein allergy

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Mothers should be encouraged to continue breastfeeding even when their babies have cow’s milk protein allergy. This usually requires qualified dietary counseling to completely exclude all sources of cow’s milk protein from the mothers’ diet.If a decision to use a special formula intended for infants is taken, it is important to follow the instructions on the label. Unboiled water, unboiled bottles or incorrect dilution can make babies ill. Incorrect storage, handling, preparation and feeding can eventually lead to adverse effects on the health of babies.Formula for special medical purposes intended for infants must be used under medical supervision.

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