December 28, 2007,
J.K. asks from San Francisco, CA on December 19, 2007
Little Pimples on 2 Year Old's Cheek
My daughter has been breaking out with these little pimples on her cheek lately. They don't seem like a big deal, but I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with break outs on two year old skin. She hasn't had any thing of the sort since newborn acne, and she didn't get that too bad. Could it be an allergy? Are there hormone changes at this age? Thanks!
J.W. answers from San Francisco on December 20, 2007
S.M. answers from San Francisco on December 20, 2007
Just to be on the safe side, keep an eye on it to make sure it isn't staph. If your child goes to the gym childcare center, she may have been exposed. We all carry staph, but if she had a tiny scratch or something and the germs got in, it can cause staph. It will look like those hard painful pimples you get during your period. They take a while to develop a white head, and feel sore, hot and a bit hard, lie a bead under the skin. Left untreated staph CAN be very serious, but sometimes the bodies immune system will win out... On the other hand it may be as simple as a reaction to an environmental stimulus of some sort(air or food)good luck
L.G. answers from San Francisco on December 20, 2007
Its probably an allergy, my grandson has developed a rash around his mouth and he is only 1yr. take her to the doctor and have it checked out maybe cream will help.
A grandmother who's been there 3 times
J.T. answers from San Francisco on December 20, 2007
Hi J. -
Those pimples are either milia or baby acne, both very common in young children, and very prevalent in the winter. Just wash your child's face as normal, and use a very light lotion -- they seem to happen when children's skin gets a bit dry.
Nothing to worry about unless there is also redness on her face...
J.E. answers from Yuba City on December 19, 2007
I think that it is very normal. You can doublecheck with your doctor. My son had acne once in a great great while from newborn to his current 3 years old and it goes away. I remember reading about not popping it and leave it be. Good question about any hormone changes? I would be curious about that.
J.D. answers from Chico on December 23, 2007
My daughter has had the same thing. I took her to a pedi and she said the same thing my son's pedi recommended when he had them. To cleanse with a mild soap and use a mild facial lotion. This does clear her skin but she seems very prone to them. What have you found out for your daughter?
S.K. answers from San Francisco on December 20, 2007
My son who is now 5 1/2 has had those pimples. Our pediatrician wasn't worried about them and they disappeared after about 3 weeks or a month.
It might be best to take your daughter to your pediatrician just to be sure it isn't something other than a pimple.
C.G. answers from San Francisco on December 21, 2007
Hi J. K, this happen to my daughter when she was little and the doctor said that it was the sweatglands developing and nothing to worry about.
They will happen sporatically as she grows.