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Newborn and Infant Care

White spots below my infant sons nails

03/09/2004

Question:

My 3 week old son has tiny white bumps on the skin just below his fingernails. We don`t use lotions or anything on his skin. They don`t look like they are irritated at all or getting worse, but they don`t look like they are getting any better or going away either. He has had them for about a week, maybe a little more. Are they something that I need to be concerned about?

Answer:

Many newborns have marks and conditions of the skin. One of the common conditions is the presence of raised white spot, known as milia. These are exposed sebaceous glands and usually resolve within the first month. HOWEVER, to accurately diagnosis if these are milia they would need to be seen by your son’s health care provider. 

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Response by:

Tina   Weitkamp, RNC, MSN Tina Weitkamp, RNC, MSN
Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati