I know, almost all of us are familiar with the term ‘blue baby syndrome’- a condition which causes babies to turn into avatars due to lack of oxygen.
However, did you know that it has a red counterpart too?
Well, read on to find out more about the malady known as red-faced baby or red cheeks baby.
Because today, we are going to have an in-depth discussion about the causes and precautions for red cheeks.
So, let’s get the show on the road. Shall we?
Baby Has Red Cheeks? Learn Why and What to Do!
The Causes & What To Do
There are various factors which can trigger such an unusual affliction.
Therefore, if one day, you wake up to find your bundle of joy looking as if some crazy makeup guru went super extra on him with his red blusher, and then don’t be alarmed.
Instead, try to keep calm and figure out the causes behind it, as well as follow the necessary steps to prevent the disorder from becoming grave and deadly.
Given below is a list of determinants of red cheeks that you need to look out for. Also, I have described some precautions you can take to prevent red cheeks.
Since babies have ultra-sensitive skin, they are more likely to experience red cheeks syndrome than adults. Even my 20-year-old skin turns tomato just after 10 minutes of sunbathing.
Besides, your baby doesn’t need to have tanned skin like the Sultan. So, shelter the poor thing from the big bad Ultra-Violet rays. Also, if you are taking your baby out to the beach, make sure she is well slathered with a sunscreen which is safe for babies.
My recommendation is Burt’s Bees which also has an SPF of 30 and contains no nasty chemical compounds.
If your baby does get sunburned, apply aloe vera gel or calamine lotion to soothe the burned area. On the contrary, do not always keep your precious locked up indoors because a healthy dose of natural Vitamin D from the sun rays keeps their brittle bones in good condition.
Sometimes the culprit behind your child’s red cheeks is an allergen which causes allergies and leads to rashes.
In that case, it is better to consult a doctor to test if your baby is allergic to certain food, environmental factors or chemicals.
Often, harsh clothing or bedding materials irritate a baby’s skin and turns it red. Hence, always make sure that your child’s onesies and blankets are made of cotton.
If your baby’s skin turns red, blotchy, and itchy, then head to the hospital right away.
During the snowy winter seasons, our babies’ cheeks might be chapped and red (like Rudolf’s nose). This is likely due to dryness and cold.
So, cover up your little one and apply some petroleum jelly to soothe the chapped skin. In other words, take good care of your baby and don’t fuss over a silly cold.
Whenever we spot a baby with red rosy cheeks like snow white, we immediately jump to the conclusion that it’s a sign of good health.
Unfortunately, a baby having red cheeks has no correlation with good health. In fact, it can be the telltale sign of Eczema. Although this skin condition can stick till adulthood, it is treatable with some special medications and ointments.
Babies staying in homes located in high altitudes are more prone to having red cheeks than the ones staying in lowlands.
This is because at higher altitudes, especially in the mountain areas, the concentration of oxygen is lower.
Thus, the bone-marrow of the babies produces more red blood cells. It paves the way for more hemoglobin to combine with oxygen molecules and bring back sufficient oxygen to supply all the organs and cells of the baby.
We know that adults turn red with embarrassment or with frustration but apparently, babies can become flushed too. Occasionally, they will turn red-cheeked when shy and isn’t it adorable to see a baby blush?
The Fifth Disease
The fifth disease or more commonly known as ‘slapped cheeks’ disease is caused by a virus. It can also take the nasty form of Scarlet fever, Chicken pox, Measles, etc.
The symptoms are as follows: fever, red cheeks, runny nose, and so on. Make sure to take your child to the pediatrician if you suspect that he has caught the virus.
Then follow up with regular treatments. Nowadays, vaccinations against the fifth disease are also available. So, get your baby vaccinated as early as possible.
Due to the discomfort of teething, babies develop flushed cheeks and even try to chew on toys and their nimble fingers. To soothe the irritation of teething, rub your baby’s gums or provide a fruit to chew on instead.
Also, excessive drooling can lead to babies having red cheeks so make sure to wipe it off with a clean and damp washcloth.
Newborn babies tend to showcase red cheeks when they are on the verge of crying. This symptom usually goes away as the baby grows older.
Newborn babies often turn red when they take their first steps. This is because the extra physical breathing steps during movement spread a red like hue over the baby’s face.
Therefore, there is no need to panic and instead enjoy seeing your angel take those mini steps.
Hungry and Angry
Most babies turn beet red when they are hungry. Often it is followed up with a crying fit. Ergo, remember to feed your baby in time if you want your eardrums to stay intact. LOL.
Irritable Bowel Movement
Usually, babies become red-faced when they are facing strains in their bowel movement. In order to tackle this problem, a laxative has to be induced.
It’s in the DNA
If your baby has been declared healthy by the doctor even though he is still turning red in the cheeks, then the chances are that it might be hereditary. So, don’t fret and flaunt your beautiful rosy baby.
The Tiniest of Hearts
Since babies are small, that means the rest of their organs such as their hearts are also smaller.
So thus, your baby’s heart circulates blood through the skin vessels more quickly, which might cause the cheeks to flare up. This symptom usually goes away with age.
Injury or Fever
If your baby is injured or catching a fever, the high temperature will cause the cheeks to turn red, and so, make sure to look out for the symptoms.
Mamma Knows Best
Moms are intuitive by nature, so if you sense that there is something wrong with your baby, then it is most likely to be the case.
After all, there is no bond stronger than the one between a mom and her baby. Therefore, if the sight of your baby retaining blood red cheeks worries you, consult a good pediatrician.
Moreover, babies are fragile beings who need tender loving care all the time, so be a good mom and tend to him. I can assure you that there is no greater joy than seeing your child happy and healthy.
In conclusion, I hope the above words of caution aid you to understand the ailment in order to prevent this red and ugly syndrome from affecting the apple of your eye.