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Milia on infant's face
"Color Atlas of Pediatric Dermatology"; Samuel Weinberg, Neil S. Prose, Leonard Kristal; Copyright 2008, 1998, 1990, 1975, by the McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

Tiny white spots very often appear on a newborn's face and gums during the first week of life. These spots are called milia (say "MIL-ee-uh"). Sometimes they also appear on the roof of the mouth (palate), where they are called Epstein pearls. Milia go away by themselves in a few weeks and aren't harmful.

In the first few months of a baby's life, any rash associated with other symptoms (such as fever, poor feeding, lethargy, cough) needs to be evaluated by a pediatrician as soon as possible. Read more about your newborn's skin and rashes.

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WebMD Image Collection Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on March 09, 2016

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Image: "Color Atlas of Pediatric Dermatology"; Samuel Weinberg, Neil S. Prose, Leonard Kristal; Copyright 2888, 1998, 1990, 1975, by the McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

Text: "Newborn Rashes and Skin Conditions - Topic Overview", WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise, "Your Newborn's Skin and Rashes", WebMD Medical Reference

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