Milia are most commonly seen on a baby's nose, chin or cheeks, though they may also occur in other areas, such as on the upper trunk and limbs.
Sometimes similar bumps appear on a baby's gums or the roof of the mouth. These are known as Epstein pearls. Some babies also develop baby acne, often characterized by small red bumps and pustules on the cheeks, chin and forehead.
When to see a doctor
If you're concerned about your baby's complexion or it doesn't clear up within three months, consult your baby's doctor.
Jun. 12, 2012
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