Newborn skin disease: rashes


The purpose of this module is to help learners develop a clinical approach for rashes in newborns.

By completing this module, the learner will be able to:

  • Identify the morphology, distribution, and characteristic timing of erythema toxicum, transient neonatal pustular melanosis, miliaria, seborrheic dermatitis and neonatal cephalic pustulosis (neonatal acne).
  • Distinguish these benign neonatal rashes from conditions that require diagnostic and therapeutic interventions (such as skin infections and inherited conditions).  
  • Identify and perform initial work-up and management for a patient with neonatal HSV.
  • Identify clinical findings that can suggest neonatal Langerhans cell histiocytosis and discuss approach to managing these patients.

The AAD has partnered with the Society of Pediatric Dermatology (SPD) to produce a series of pediatric dermatology-specific modules for the AAD's Basic Dermatology Curriculum (BDC).  The topics for these modules were selected by pediatric dermatologists as topics not currently addressed within the BDC.

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