What are they? About 40 to 50 per cent of babies have milia, also known as milk spots (or ‘milium’ when referring to a singular spot). The small harmless cysts typically appear as pearly-white bumps on the nose, face, mouth and scalp. At their largest, they are up to 1-2 millimetres wide.
What causes them? Milia are made of a protein that occurs in your skin, called keratin. They are thought to occur because the sweat glands in newborns are not yet developed enough to drain away keratin in the skin. Treatment: Milia won’t hurt or irritate your baby, and usually clear up by themselves within a few of weeks after birth, with no treatment needed. #