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Fact or Fiction: Infant Skin Problems
by Staff
Skin problems are pretty prevalent in newborns. So how can you tell what will heal on its own and what needs the doctor's attention? Test your knowledge with this infant skin problems quiz.

If your baby gets eczema, it will probably turn out to be a chronic condition.

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  • almost fact: That's true for adults, but eczema clears up quickly in infants.

The best treatment for impetigo is topical ointment.

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  • almost fact: Topical treatment is OK for minor cases, but more severe cases call for oral antibiotics.

Fifth disease involves a rash and then a fever a few days later.

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  • almost fact: Switch the order: fever first, then the rash.

Fifth disease is very contagious.

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  • almost fact: It's only contagious until the rash appears.

Mild cases of infant jaundice usually don't require treatment.

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  • almost fact: Even mild cases require treatment, usually light therapy.

Infants get jaundice because their lungs aren't fully developed.

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  • almost fact: It's underdeveloped kidneys that cause jaundice.

Neonatal acne could be caused in utero by the mother's hormones.

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  • almost fact: It's probably an allergic reaction to the non-womb atmosphere.

Premature babies often have dry, peeling skin.

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  • almost fact: Any baby can have dry, peeling skin.

Cradle cap is caused by excess oil on your baby's scalp.

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  • almost fact: It's actually because of a lack of oil on the scalp.

Those little white bumps on your baby's face aren't zits -- they're called milia.

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  • almost fact: It's a common fungal infection called candidiasis.