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Childhood Skin Problems

Milia on infant's face

White Bumps (Milia)

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"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.

Reviewed on February 26, 2014

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