Diagnosis

Milia are easy to see on a baby's skin. No specific testing is needed.

Treatment

Milia typically disappear on their own within several weeks or months. No medical treatment is recommended.

Lifestyle and home remedies

Try these tips to help your baby's skin look its best:

  • Keep your baby's face clean. Wash your baby's face daily with warm water and mild baby soap.
  • Dry your baby's face gently. Simply pat your baby's skin dry.
  • Don't pinch or scrub the bumps. You may cause more irritation or an infection.
  • Avoid using lotions or oils on your baby's face.

Preparing for your appointment

If you're following a standard well-check schedule, your baby will likely visit with your family doctor or pediatrician soon. These regular appointments offer a good opportunity to discuss concerns about your baby's health. For milia, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • Is my baby's condition likely temporary or long lasting?
  • Are there any treatments available for this condition?
  • Do I need to follow any skin care restrictions with my baby?
June 03, 2015
References
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  2. Rashes and skin conditions. American Academy of Pediatrics. http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/bathing-skin-care/Pages/Rashes-and-Skin-Conditions.aspx. Accessed March 30, 2015.
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  4. AskMayoExpert. Milia (pediatric). Rochester, Minn.: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research; 2015.
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