The flu vaccine is here! Are you?

Flu Shot

The 2017-2018 vaccine to protect your child against influenza has arrived in our offices.

Your child needs a new flu shot each and every year. The influenza, or flu, viruses are constantly changing, so scientists change the formula each season to best protect against the newest and most aggressive viruses each year. Also, the protection that your child received last year has now weakened over time.

  • Every child over 6 months of age healthy enough to receive the vaccine should get it.
  • It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to develop antibodies in your child, so getting it early can prevent an early flu.
  • Even if your child is perfectly healthy, vaccinating your child provides herd immunity, which means they won’t infect a medically fragile infant, senior or someone with a compromised immune system.
  • If your child is under 5 years old and contracts the flu, there’s a good chance it will be severe enough to require medical attention.
  • Children are at risk for serious complications such as sinus infections, ear infections and pneumonia.
  • In some cases, the flu can cause inflammation of the heart, brain or muscles and organ failure.

Call 708-424-7600 for your child’s flu vaccine today.

Getting Rid of the Back-To-School Butterflies

Mother gets child ready for first day of school

Summer seems to have hardly begun and we’re already staring down back-to-school. Where did the time go? We hope you and your child have had the opportunity to spend time together, enjoy the outdoors, and explore your local library.

The first day of school can be fraught with anxiety for your child, even if he loves school. Here are a few ways to make the transition from summer play to school days easier.

New school or kindergarten? Take a private meet-and-greet tour!
While it’s wonderful that schools and teachers welcome kids and parents for a “before school begins” get-together, that crush of people can be overwhelming for many children. Call your school to explain that your child would like to visit and tour the school privately, before the rush of peers and parents. Point out the bathroom, the library, the gym or playground and her classroom. Introduce her personally to her new teacher, giving her a moment to really connect to this person who will be very important in her life for the next nine months.

Concentrate on the positive.
Remind your child about friends she will make new or see again. Explore what she thinks she’ll learn this year and why that’s exciting for her. Talk about that certain hot lunch she enjoys. Explain that she can visit with former teachers she admires. Reminisce together about a particularly happy school day in the past.

Send them prepared.
Obtain a list of necessary school supplies and collect them at least a week before school begins, so your child knows she has everything she needs to be successful. Studies show that children who are properly equipped have less anxiety, concentrate better and earn better grades.

Make sure your child is getting a nutritious lunch each day, with a protein like chicken or turkey, water or milk instead of juice and a serving of fruit and a serving of vegetables.

If you are under financial strain, call your school’s office and ask where you can access free or deeply discounted supplies and meals.

Be present, even if you’re not there.
Your presence during the day is important, but tread carefully. Notes in lunchboxes should focus on having a fun and successful day, such as “You will ROCK that spelling test” or a short joke. Avoid thoughts like “I miss you” which will make him think about missing you in return.

You’re all in this together.
Explain to your child that most of his classmates are feeling a little nervous right about now too. Tell your child about your own school days butterflies, and then relate a positive story about one of your first days, perhaps how you loved your new school shoes or when you discovered that you were going to learn everything about dinosaurs in third grade.

Be alert.
When your child can’t sleep, even after school has started and is in regular session, when your child’s personality has undergone a change, when she cries easily, begins biting nails or other destructive habits, it’s time to take a closer look. Is there a bullying situation? Is she having trouble comprehending a subject? Ask careful questions about what makes your child happy at school and on the bus and what makes her uncomfortable. If her answers set off alarms, talk to her teacher immediately. The quicker a problem is recognized by adults, the sooner it can be resolved.

Need a Back To School Physical ASAP? Call us at 708-424-7600 to make an appointment!

Do You See What I See?

Newborn Baby Girl

Your baby enters this big, exciting, colorful world able to actually see very little of it. Just like your infant’s motor skills and verbal skills, vision takes time to develop.

Your delivering physician will examine your child’s eyes for any neonatal problems and usually apply an antibiotic ointment to avoid eye infections caused by bacteria in the birth canal.

When your newborn first opens her eyes after arriving, she doesn’t see in color. Her vision is just like an old black and white movie, and she’ll be most interested in the areas of sharpest contrast, where light meets dark. She’ll have difficulty focusing on objects farther than 8-10” away. When you hold and talk to your newborn, your face is about 4-6” away from hers, quickly leading to her preference for your face over anyone else.

Your newborn’s eye are about 50 times less sensitive to light than yours, so leaving a nightlight on won’t interfere with sleep patterns.

When your child is about one week old, he’ll be able to see red, orange, yellow and green. Blues and purples will come a little later.

During the first month or so, your child will often appear cross-eyed. Eyes may seem to float towards the nose or far apart. The muscles around his eyes will strengthen to work as a team within about 8 weeks from birth.

Between 2 weeks and 2 months, your baby’s tear ducts will be developed and you’ll see real tears when he cries.

At about 3 months, your baby will start tracking moving objects with just her eyes, not turning her head. She’ll also begin reaching for things as she develops eye-hand coordination. Light sensitivity increases, so dim that nightlight.

By 5 months, your child will see the world in a fully 3-dimensional way and in good color. Studies show that children who crawl longer than their peers are able to use their eyes, hands and feet together more effectively than early walkers who did little crawling.

When your child celebrates his 5th birthday, his vision should be fully developed.

You can help your child develop good vision by:

• Decorating his nursery with bright, contrasting colors and shapes
• Change the location of the crib every week or so if possible, or place her head at different ends of the crib.
• Change items in the room frequently, giving him new visual stimulation
• Move objects – or yourself! – so your baby can practice tracking, reaching and moving.

Call your Alzein Pediatric Associates medical professional at 708-424-7600 immediately if you notice:

• eyes seem to cross or misalign after 2 months of age
• lack of tears when crying after 2 months of age
• eyes “jump”
• consistently watery eye
• extreme sensitivity to light
• red, inflamed or crusty eye
• whiteness in the pupil

We are always happy to help!

Newborn Hygiene Care

AlzeinPeds hygiene

There is so much information out there about your newborn; sleeping, eating, bonding, peeing, pooping and much more.

What seems to be lacking, however, is information about what else is contained in your child’s diaper. Parents should be aware of several things about their newborn’s genitals, both boys and girls.

Circumcision Care

The decision to circumcise your newborn boy may be based in your religion or culture, societal norms or health concerns. The American Academy of Pediatrics agrees that there are health benefits to circumcision, but hesitates about recommending it as a routine, standard procedure.

Research suggests boys who are circumcised have a lower risk of urinary tract infections, penile cancer, and sexually transmitted diseases.

If you make the decision to have your son circumcised, it should be done as soon as possible. Some of the foreskin that covers the penis will be removed, exposing the glans and urethra opening. The procedure is very quick and a local anesthetic will be applied to minimize pain.

After the procedure, you may notice the penis is raw-looking or yellowish. At each diaper change, apply a liberal amount of petroleum jelly to the penis to prevent sticking to the diaper as it heals. Wash your hands thoroughly before and after each diaper change. Your son’s penis should heal quickly. If it has not healed within 10 days of the procedure, if you see any new bleeding or increased redness at any time, or if you still see a yellowish discharge after 7 days, call our offices.

Uncircumcised Care

Your son’s foreskin will eventually naturally retract from the tip of his penis, but there is no exact timetable for this. It could occur before your child turns two, or it might not happen until puberty. Do not force this retraction as it can cause tears in the foreskin, bleeding and severe pain.

As foreskin and penis separate, you may see white, pearly lumps under the foreskin. This is dead skin cells shedding and completely normal.

Until the foreskin retracts, keep the outside of the penis clean. As the foreskin retracts, it is important to clean under it regularly. Teach your son how to gently pull back the foreskin, wash the area underneath with mild soap and warm water, and then pull the foreskin back over the penis. This hygiene is especially important to perform daily – just like brushing his teeth – once he begins puberty and every day thereafter.

Your Daughter’s Care

Seeing blood in your newborn girl’s diaper can be upsetting, until you know that this discharge, along with any thick, milky substance is perfectly normal.

About 2 to 3 days after birth, a tiny menstrual period may appear, due to your daughter’s withdrawal from the hormones she was exposed to while in utero. Her labia major and clitoris (the areas outside of her vagina) may also be swollen and enlarged from the hormone exposure.

Avoid using soap, lotions, ointments or powders on your daughter’s genitals. Use warm water only and wipe any bowel movements away from her vagina. Gently wash the creases in her labia and understand that she has a natural cleaning system for the inside her vagina.

If the bleeding persists for more than a day or two, or if there is any foul odor from the discharge, call our office for an appointment.

When you have questions about your newborn’s health and wellness, we are here to help! Just call 708-424-7600 or visit and click “Make An Appointment.” 

Your child is 2-1/2! That’s a milestone!

Thoughtful Little Girl

While it might not be a birthday, 30 months old is HUGE for your child. So many important markers should now be met – or very close to it. Ensuring that your child is on track, or getting early intervention for things that are concerning, is an important part of your child’s 30-month well visit.

Your Alzein Pediatrics medical staff will exam your child’s physical health with a complete exam, listening to heart and lungs, examining ears, eyes and throat, bone, spine and posture development and alignment. We’ll check your child’s height and weight and also his BMI (body mass index), as obesity issues can start at this age. We’ll make sure immunizations are up-to-date.

We’ll check for developmental milestones and make recommendations if we see something that could be of concern. Things we’ll look for and ask about include:

  • jump in place
  • dress with some assistance
  • use “I”, “me” and “you” when speaking
  • match shapes and colors
  • throw a ball using an overhand motion
  • identify body parts
  • show an interest and beginning ability to play with other children

Your child should be showing an interest in potty training, such as sitting on a potty chair and watching parents or siblings use the toilet. Your child should have a dry diaper for hours at a time, be understanding the physical urge to “go” and telling you when his diaper is soiled and needs changing.

We’ll discuss sleeping habits. Toddlers need about 13 hours a day, and may still be taking an afternoon nap.

Diet and eating habits will be discussed, but we won’t be troubled if you relate that your child eats little to nothing on some days, or only eats yellow foods on other days. Your job as a parent is to provide healthy, nutritious meals and snacks throughout the day; your child’s job is to determine for himself how much he actually needs to fuel his body at that time.

While you’re here, we’ll encourage to ask us about any struggles or questions you may be having at this time of your child’s life, whether it’s about physical issues, behavioral issues or developmental milestones. We are always here to support you!

30 months – 2-1/2 years old – is a big deal! When your child is near or just past that age, make an appointment with Alzein Pediatric Associates by calling 708-424-7600 or visiting and clicking the yellow “Book an Appointment” button. 

Dr. Alzein Donates Skills to Children in Syrian Refugee Camps in Lebanon


Working with SAMS highlights human goodness for Dr. Hassan Alzein

– When confronted with poverty, violence and cruelty, Dr. Hassan Alzein looks in a different direction. He sees the kindness, compassion and selflessness of human nature amidst the tragedy.

Dr. Alzein, a pediatrician in Chicago’s southwest suburbs, is a founding member of SAMS, the Syrian American Medical Society. He recently completed a medical mission to Lebanon.

“One person can have such an impact. For instance, an oncology nurse from New York realized there is an urgent need for shoes in these refugee camps, so when she returned to the United States, she organized a project, collected thousands of shoes and sent them to Lebanon. What a difference she made,” says Dr. Alzein.

Dr. Alzein and SAMS have made quite a difference too. Founded in 1998, SAMS brings together thousands of healthcare professionals in the United States and around the globe, providing members with networking, educational, cultural, and professional services. While SAMS organizes and facilitates medical missions to provide healthcare to Syrians inside Syria as well as in refugee camps in Jordan, Turkey and Greece, Lebanon camps are a special case. “This area is extremely fragmented. Most of the region is controlled by militias, but it’s difficult to understand who controls what. There is a great deal of instability and that is very dangerous. Refugees in these camps are desperate,” says Alzein.

“It took me years to collect my courage to go to Lebanon. It was only after seeing my colleagues going and then returning safely that I thought it was okay to go myself. It’s an unusual place for medical missions to go,” says Dr. Alzein.

More than 11 million Syria citizens have been killed or become refugees since Syria’s civil war began, creating the worst humanitarian crisis of this generation. Nearly 5 million Syrians are currently refugees. Over 1 million of these refugees are registered in Lebanon; that population is nearly a quarter of the population of Lebanon itself. About half of the refugees are children.

After spending his first two missions in 2015 and 2016 in clinics, working with SAMS and NGOs (nongovernmental organizations), Dr. Alzein spent his time this year within the refugee camp itself. The camp designated a room for the physicians, surgeons and specialists to use as a clinic and the team started seeing patients.

In camp and in other locations, the team saw over 1,400 patients in just 5 days. Dr. Alzein himself examined and treated 229 children. They also participated in educational and social events to support the refugees.

“The health care facilities in Lebanon are not equipped to handle such a huge influx of people. The refugees are poor, so local doctors cannot devote too much time to helping them when they cannot pay. They have no transportation, so they cannot travel to clinics,” he said.

The children he sees have been acutely affected by their dire situation. “I’m speaking to a 4- or 5-year old and he is talking as if he is 12 or 13. There is a maturity there which is unhealthy. There are like little men instead of children. It’s not normal. These children have been robbed of their childhood.”

In fact, refugee children have been adversely affected by this crisis – tremendously. Despite the best efforts of adult refugees to set up schools and maintain educational standards, they have fallen years behind. They have suffered physical trauma and psychological trauma. They are typically malnourished and suffer from a larger incidence of illnesses than average. Children who have lost parents and guardians are at extreme risk of abuse and exploitation. Dr. Christine Latif of World Vision says, “The children of Syria have experienced more hardship, devastation and violence than anyone should have to in a thousand lifetimes.”

“In years past, I have seen children who are anxious and frightened in this living situation. Now, it is worse, because these children have become resigned to “this is my life”. We are past the acute phase and they are living with PTSD,” says Alzein.

Few children receive vaccinations, Dr. Alzein says, because vaccines require special handling and refrigeration in transport, impossible to achieve. He stresses that proper vaccination should be a priority and hopes the United Nations will address this situation soon.

“My job for these five days was to provide urgent care services – treat fevers, bacteria infections, dehydration. It is a challenge as proper medications and supplies are always an unknown factor. We are very limited in what we can bring into the camps,” he stated.

“We are scavengers,” Dr. Alzein says. “We survive on donations.” But instead of worrying about the lack of supplies, he is awed by the giving human spirit.

The best days, he says, are when the containers arrive. “People donate from all around the world. I was there last year when a container was opened and it was so wonderful. We were happy – unloading boxes and taking pictures.”

Any one of those containers might hold medications, medical hardware or medical equipment. SAMS techs dissemble, ship and then reassemble just about anything; dental chairs, x-ray and other diagnostic equipment, wheel chairs and more.

“When a physician’s office, clinic, surgical center or hospital is getting new equipment, we hope they consider donating to SAMS or any other NGO medical mission. Any equipment – no matter how small or large – is needed and will be gratefully accepted.”

Dr. Alzein and his practice, Alzein Pediatric Associates, have their own history of giving. Both Dr. Alzein and his wife, a registered pharmacist, volunteer on SAMS medical missions. Alzein Pediatric offices in both Oak Lawn and Evergreen Park are donation sites for SWADDLE, Southwest Area Diaper Depository for Little Ends. They are also registered Little Free Libraries, helping children become book owners and improving literacy rates.

It’s not just medical supplies that these displaced children and their families need. Those shoes, for instance, clothing, coats and blankets are all needed as well. Dr. Alzein says, “I’ve learned that when you ask, people really want to help. It’s what makes us human, what connects us around the world. When someone is in need, there is someone there to help.”

To learn more about medical missions or to donate, visit or call Dr. Alzein’s offices at 708-424-7600.

Help Your Child Make Friends With A Child With Autism


Making friends is one of our first joys in life, and we continue to feel that delight each time we add a new friend to our circle, no matter how old we get. For most children with autism, it’s extremely challenging to make a friend. Some parents of autistic children would say it’s nearly impossible.

April is National Autism Awareness Month, but we’ve decided to focus not on autism itself in this message but to helping your child extend that joy of friendship to a child with autism. In the process, your child will learn valuable lessons that will give them a lifetime of joy as well.

First, remember that children learn by example. Treat and discuss any differently-abled child or adult with compassion and kindness. Explain to your child that all kinds of brains work all kinds of ways – and none of those ways make a person less or “wrong”.

Tell your child to look for the strengths in a potential autistic friend. What makes that particular child unique? What kinds of things is he interested in? What kind of common ground do they share? What can they talk about together? What can your child learn from this potential friend? Encourage your child to be vocally open with admiration for the autistic child’s skills and interests.

Begin by inviting the potential friend to your home, for a one-to-one playdate. Beforehand, explain to your child that accommodations may have to be made for his new friend. Loud music may be aggravating. The new friend may want to only play one game the entire visit. The new friend may make statements that your child (and you) perceive as rude.

Your child should understand that autistic children may think very literally and have a difficult time understanding politeness to spare feelings, certain forms of humor including good-natured teasing, and figures of speech. Your child should speak literally, asking “How are you feeling today?” instead of “What’s up?” which may confuse his new friend.

If your budding buddies are of school age, mention this merging friendship to teachers, so they can help guide both children in the classroom setting when possible.

Urge your child to include her new friend in group activities. Your child’s friend may want to avoid, or become upset with, games that are loud and chaotic. Suggest to your child that she encourage quieter, structured games when including her friend in larger groups. Make it very clear that you expect your child to stand up for her friend if someone begins teasing or bullying.

Many people mistakenly believe that children on the autism spectrum “don’t have feelings.” The truth is autistic children do experience love, joy, anger and more, but they have difficulty expressing feelings verbally. Tell your child that when his autistic friend begins to “melt down” or exhibits other non-typical physical behaviors, it’s his way of communicating feelings and frustrations that can’t yet be put into words.

Use role-playing to help your child help his autistic friend through social feedback. If your child is troubled that his autistic friend is doing and saying inappropriate things, explain that telling the friend the right thing to do or say – in a kind and polite way – will actually help the friend learn necessary skills.

As much as an autistic child will benefit from this friendship – and his parents be forever grateful to you and your family – your child will gain compassion, learn to value all individuals, besides gaining a marvelous friend!

Want to learn more about autism? Call our office at 708-424-7600 or visit our Facebook page and join in the conversation all month! 

Enough Negative Mommy Blogs!

Mother And Son In Kitchen Looking At Laptop Together

At Alzein Pediatric Associates, we completely understand the need for support and friendship when you are a parent. Positive interaction with child caretakers of all sorts are important to getting through sleepless nights, toilet training, bullying, puberty and teen angst.

Yikes – that list scares us and that’s not even skimming the surface of parenting!

This need for sympathy and understanding has birthed a wide variety of “mommy blogs” and “daddy blogs.” Some of them are sweet and funny and can help a parent or caretaker get through difficult – sometimes painful – days and nights. But many of them seem to pit child against parent with sarcasm, spite and often downright cruelty. Reading those often can begin to slant your view on parenting.

We’d like to ask our parents to step back and interact positively, with affection and love, with understanding and sympathy not only for each other, but for their children.

See your kids as your family, not your enemy.

You had kids for a reason, so reflect on that reason every morning before you begin your day – and you’ll start off with a joyful attitude. Remember that when unpredictable things happen – spilled cereal, forgotten lunch, last minute need for a ride – they happen because your child makes mistakes, just like you do. Encourage your kids to make things right themselves, because you are a family team, not adversaries. Hand your child a cloth to wipe up the milk, explain that you’re sorry they’re hungry but getting to school is just impossible and help your child understand that requesting a ride at the last minute is disrespectful of your time. When you show your child that you expect them to problem-solve in a healthy manner, they will begin to do it more and more often.

It doesn’t always have to be peanut butter. 

Catering to exactly and only what your kids want will only make you resentful – and it won’t give them an opportunity to expand their viewpoints. When it seems like the only outing you ever have is to a jumpy playground, it’s time to include everyone’s needs. Involve your kids in your hobbies too – whether it’s biking, golfing, gardening or going to museums. By sharing your enthusiasm for a diverse variety of activities, your child will become enthusiastic too, and begin to understand and appreciate experiences that will carry her into adulthood. You’ll also find a bonus here. The more you include your child in your passions, the more you’ll have to talk about together as she grows.

You don’t have to be a “Mean Mom” to have good kids. 

Setting limits on your children is a very good thing. Kids of all ages need to understand the rules you put in place should be followed. But being a strict disciplinarian and declaring “Because I said so” doesn’t make kids toe the line. Explain to your kids – even the smallest toddlers – that your restrictions on their behavior are because you want to protect them – their physical health, their emotional well-being and their chances of success in life. Treat your kids as intelligent, feeling people, with goals, needs and ideas of their own. Listen with an open mind to what they are actually saying and thoughtfully consider their point of view. You may find that loosening or changing a rule is really in their best interests. And that doesn’t make you a “Cool Mom”, it makes you a great parent.

Avoid social media sites that make you cranky and unhappy about being a parent. Find parenting blogs that make you feel good about being a parent. Even better – start a parenting blog yourself! Send us the link, or post it on our Facebook page and we’ll be happy to share!

Feeling overwhelmed and crabby about parenting? Call Alzein Pediatric Associates at 708-424-7600 to discuss ways to cool down and appreciate your children!

Handling Separation Anxiety

Little boy in tears with his mother

Your infant was happy to be held by Grandma, loved being talked to by Uncle Fred and was all smiles when you left her at daycare. Suddenly, at about six months old, your child cries whenever you leave the room and clings to you when Grandma wants to play. What is happening?

Your baby has developed the sense of “object permanence”. Previously, when you were out of sight, your baby didn’t understand that you still exist, and she didn’t really think about you coming back as long as she was fed and diapered. Now, your baby knows that people and things out of her sight range do still exist and when you leave her sight, she is concerned that you may not come back. As she has no sense of time, it doesn’t matter if it’s for a minute or for hours – she’s going to cry until Mom or Dad – or both – is in her sight again.

Separation anxiety can develop anytime between 4 months and 2-1/2 years, and is sometimes triggered by life events, such as the arrival of a new sibling, family challenges or a new home.

Sometimes, dealing with separation anxiety is more difficult for parents than it is for the child! There are a few things you can do to to ease or avoid separation anxiety – both for your child and yourself.

Avoid starting new childcare or sitters between the ages of 4 months and one year, when your child first develops object permanence. If you cannot avoid a new care situation, visit together with the new caregiver several times before you leave him for any length of time. If possible, leave him for a just a short time before you leave him for a full day or longer period of time.

Consider your child’s mood when you must leave her. Make sure she has napped, is fed and is newly diapered before separating, so there is no physical discomfort to exacerbate her anxiety.

Tell her when you’ll be back, even when she’s just six months old. Use time frames that are easy to understand, such as “Daddy will pick you up after you play with Nana in the park” or “I’ll be here to get you after lunch.”

Goodbye rituals will help your child understand that you’re going to leave now and you’re going to come back. Create a phrase you say every time you leave, such as “Love you to the moon and back”. Pay full attention to your child when you use this phrase, give him a kiss and hug and then leave – no turning back.

Always follow through on pickup times. While we know life can get in the way of a flawless schedule, your child can’t understand why “traffic” is more important than he is. Make sure you give your child a larger window of time than you’ll actually need to return for him. Being surprised by Dad being early often is much better than the anxiety your child will feel if Dad is late once. If things go wildly awry, make sure you call your caregiver and have them explain that Dad is very sorry he’s going to be late, but he’ll be there by bath time.

Trust your instincts. If your child is not sleeping, not eating or is refusing a caregiver, it’s time to look carefully at what could be happening when you’re not there.

Most children will grow out of separation anxiety before they enter preschool. If your child’s anxiety continues, or if it seems extreme, resulting in panic attacks, nightmares or excessive worry, call Alzein Pediatric Associates at 708-424-7600 or click the yellow “Book an Appointment” button on the left. We’ll be happy to help your family.

My Baby Is Breaking Out!

Baby Acne


Your baby is born with skin that’s almost too soft and beautiful to be believed. You’ve probably spent the first few weeks just rubbing your finger along her arm or cheek, practically addicted to the smooth tenderness.

And then suddenly your two-week old infant looks like a orange! His cheeks, nose and forehead are bumpy and red, with tiny pimples. Is this an allergic reaction? Is it dangerous Should you call Alzein Pediatrics?

Probably not. This rash is most likely one of two very common skin eruptions; erythema toxicum, or E tox, or milia. These conditions appear within one to four weeks of birth. Despite the old wive’s tale that these are caused by Mother’s hormones leaving Baby’s body, there is no evidence to support this idea.

E tox, also called baby acne, usually appears within the first week or so after birth. It does look like acne, with yellowish-white bumps in the middle of red swellings. The irritation can appear on your baby’s face, torso, upper arms and thighs. About half of all babies will experience E tox.

Milia are also tiny white bumps, on cheeks, chin and across the nose. Milia are cysts that form because your baby’s oil glands are still developing. Skin does not slough off normally, and becomes trapped in a tiny pocket of skin. Milia that forms on the roof of your baby’s mouth are called Epstein Pearls. Milia is common and normal.

Getting rid of either E tox or milia is simple – do nothing! Either condition will disappear within a few weeks. Keep your baby’s face clean and dry, using tepid water and a soft cloth. Don’t use soap or other drying agents. Do not apply any over the counter medications, as ointments and creams meant for adult can harm your baby’s fragile skin.

If the rash lasts longer than a few weeks or if it seems to burn or itch, causing discomfort, call your Alzein Pediatrics medical professional at 708-424-7600 or click the yellow “Book An Appointment” button on the left. We will examine your baby’s skin condition and, if necessary, prescribe an age-appropriate medication.

Questions about your baby’s skin – or anything else? Alzein Pediatric Associates is always ready to provide full information and details about your child’s health and well-being!