Baby skin diseases

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Baby skin is very delicate and therefore susceptible to becoming dry. The change between cold, dry air and dry heated air can deplete the skin’s usual moisture content.

Dry skin

Bathing draws the natural oils out of the skin. Babies should not be bathed for 30 minutes, but only for five to ten minutes at a time. BabyPure Shampoo and Wash lotion is ideal for bath times. After the bath, gently dry baby with a towel and generously apply BabyPure Care Lotion.

The right Louis Widmer products for the care of dry skin:

  • BabyPure Shampoo and Wash Lotion
  • BabyPure Care Lotion
  • BabyPure Care and Massage Oil

Baby acne

Suddenly baby has spots everywhere. The rash usually starts on the face: red pimples with small yellow centres appear. The rash then gradually starts to spread down the body. Some children look like they have the pox. So-called baby acne is a natural bodily process. The pimples mostly appear in connection with growth spurts. Do not try to squeeze the pimples. It is very painful and may cause inflammation.

Inflamed corners of the mouth

Inflamed corners of the mouth are unpleasant and painful but most of the time remain harmless. The corners of the mouth crack, are red and become inflamed. Inflamed corners of the mouth can occur on one or both sides.


Intertrigo is also called dermatitis intertriginosa or chafing. It is a red, weeping skin inflammation which is promoted by the softening of the skin. The cause can be heavy perspiration or rubbing. It primarily occurs in skin folds.

Peeling skin

Peeling baby skin is no cause for concern. It is the first skin layer below the vernix caseosa. It is normal for this layer to peel away entirely in the first weeks of life. Below is healthy and satiny soft skin. Baby can be washed normally.

Nappy rash

Nappy rash is an inflammatory skin disorder in the nappy area which is triggered by the interaction between various factors. The main cause is the reproduction of microorganisms and the softening of the protective skin due to the damp conditions inside the nappy. This causes an inflammation of the skin. When treating nappy rash, it is important to remove irritating factors, in other words soiled nappies have to be changed immediately and your child’s irritated skin has to be gently cleansed with clean water and carefully dabbed dry. The baby should spend as much time as possible without a nappy.

Atopic dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis (neurodermatitis) is a chronic skin disorder with flare-ups. It usually appears in infants. It is a genetic disorder and may affect the entire body or certain areas of the skin. The skin becomes heavily inflamed, often by severe itching. Scratching the skin can further impair the condition of the skin, which in turn can lead to skin infections. This is often a never-ending circle for the sufferer.  It is particularly important to see a paediatrician or dermatologist if the itching and inflammation of your baby’s skin are severe.


Eczema (also called dermatitis) is a reddish, flaky, itchy rash which mostly occurs on the face and the joints of the arms and legs but can also appear on other parts of the body. The affected skin is dry and rough. Eczema gets better with time and may disappear altogether once the child gets older. Common eczema triggers are: soap and detergents and certain materials and factors (such as wool or polyester, heat, stress or food). It is important to keep the skin well oiled. Replenishment increases and strengthens the water retention of the skin. In particularly severe cases, please consult a dermatologist or paediatrician.