"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.
Tiny white spots very often appear on a newborn's face and gums during the
first week. The 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.