Toxic erythema of newborns - 50% of children have it?

Toxic erythema of newborns is mild skin disease occurring in newborns and infants around the world. There are no data that would indicate what increases the risk of change - neither gender, race or nationality matter. It is believed that the cause may be reaction to mechanical and thermal stimuli (e.g. heat) and allergic factors.

Erythema in infants - when does it start?

Erythema in infants usually begins a few days after birth (usually up to 48 hours after delivery). Only a few children have its symptoms observed two weeks after delivery, it hardly ever occurs in premature babies.

What does toxic erythema look like?

Toxic erythema in newborns can have different forms - flat, red patches, small bumps in the form of white or yellow papules or pustules on a red background. Erythema usually begins on the face and spreads to the torso and legs. Hands and feet are usually unchanged.

All changes associated with toxic erythema go away completely when the child finishes month-four months.

How is toxic erythema diagnosed in newborns?

Toxic erythema in newborns is diagnosed by assessing skin changes. Taking skin samples, which is hardly practiced, indicates the presence of many inflammatory cells in the upper part of the skin - eosinophils and neutrophils.