Pediatric Erythema Toxicum Treatment & Management

Updated: May 07, 2019
  • Author: Amanda Shepard-Hayes, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Medical Care

Erythema toxicum neonatorum (ETN) is a benign, asymptomatic, self-limited condition that requires no treatment. Education and reassurance should be given to the parents about the natural course of the condition. Guidelines for other similar dermatologic manifestations have been established. [18]



Erythema toxicum neonatorum (ETN) is often diagnosed easily by pediatricians and family physicians. If the features are atypical or the newborn appears ill or has risk factors for sepsis, consultation with a pediatric dermatologist may be advisable.


Long-Term Monitoring

There is an association between developing eosinophilic esophagitis and erythema toxicum neonatorum (ETN) in the neonatal period. [19] It may be prudent to ask about neonatal rashes in children when eosinophilic esophagitis is suspected.