The Cause Of Black Skin In A 5 Month Old Baby?

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Good afternoon. R nI’m having a baby for the first time, who is now 5 months old. At birth his skin was reddish in color, but at this time his neck, thighs and legs had black stripes. Is that the cause of baby oil? Please help answer yes. Thank you in advance

1 Answer:

Hi detian,


Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Need to clarify, do the black patches on your baby's skin occur entirely? Or only in certain parts? Does the black color really stand out? Are there any other complaints your baby is experiencing?


Sometimes, some baby's skin looks black compared to the skin on other parts of the body. This blackish color is most often caused by Mongolian spots, or what the common people call a birthmark. These spots occur due to deposition of skin pigments that have accumulated in certain parts of the skin. Black spots due to Mongolian spots will not cause complaints, such as itching, pain, swelling, peeling, and so on. If this is what triggers your baby's complaint, then you really don't need to worry. These stripes will usually fade on their own as your baby gets older (generally disappears before age 5).


However, in some conditions, black spots on the baby's skin can also occur due to other causes, for example:

Excessive friction or skin irritation
Nevi (mole)
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
Phototoxic, photoallergic reaction
Contact dermatitis
Atopic dermatitis
Tumors, such as neurofibromatosis, melanoma, and so on

Chances are, there is no direct connection between the use of baby oil as you mentioned in triggering dark spots on your baby's skin. However, this needs to be confirmed by knowing what content is in the baby oil you are using.


Therefore, try to get your baby checked directly to a doctor or pediatrician. With direct inspection, the general practitioner can identify whether the black spots on your baby's skin are a normal condition or need special treatment. At this time, you should not peel, rub, or otherwise treat the patches that appear on your baby's skin without the doctor's knowledge. Always focus on keeping your baby's skin clean, moisturized, and protected from excessive sun exposure and contact with substances that have the potential to trigger inflammation in the skin.


Hope it helps ..

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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