LAWRENCE F. EICHENFIELD, MD: Soap and water is all you need to do to care for the umbilical area. Parents should keep an eye out for any signs of redness or anything that might be an infection.
ANNOUNCER: Infants can develop skin eruptions in the first few weeks of life.
LAWRENCE F. EICHENFIELD, MD: These sets of bumps are things that have been called neonatal acne, and in some cases, it's actually neonatal acne. In many cases, it's not acne at all. It's actually a distinct entity, and they are just superficial pus bumps.
There is really no need to treat them. We just watch them go away over time. If it's a more severe case, it's appropriate to go see your physician.
ANNOUNCER: Cradle cap, a version of seborrheic dermatitis, can develop on a baby's scalp.
LAWRENCE F. EICHENFIELD, MD: It presents with either sort of scaly, waxy, yellow, occasionally pinkish area. It's a very mild form of dermatitis. There are several ways you can treat it. Number one, you can just use moisturizers or a little bit of oil. If there is a lot of whitish scale, you can pull off that scale very gently, either by soaking it with water or by putting some baby oil and then a soft toothbrush and sort of debriding or very superficially pulling off the scale. For more severe seborrheic dermatitis, we'll generally use anti-inflammation medicines such as over the counter one percent hydrocortisone just for a few days, which is highly affective at taking care of the cradle cap.