It is very common for children to get rashes. Rashes often occur when there has been a change to the child's environment or diet—such as new food, clothing, soap, lotion, bug spray, carpeting, or pets. Even cleaning your carpet can affect a child's skin. Keep in mind that a rash that is caused by a new substance may not appear immediately.
Consider adding a section for rashes to your baby log or making notes when rashes appear in toddlerhood. This will help determine if there is a pattern and will make it easier to accurately share information about the occurrences with your pediatrician.
Generally, very little is done medically for rashes. Often, they are simply monitored and will fade. When rashes are accompanied by other symptoms, such as a cold, those symptoms are treated and the rash usually subsides. It's a good idea to have oral Benadryl in your medicine cabinet in case an unexpected allergic reaction results in a rash.
As with any other health concern, call your pediatrician's office if one of your children develops a rash that worries you. The office will be able to help you quickly determine the proper next steps.
Here are a few things to remember about rashes:
- Heat rash occurs often. It appears as small, raised, red bumps.
- Several bug bites in a small area may spread and look more like a single lesion surrounded by a small rash. If that occurs, make an appointment for your pediatrician to take a close look.
- Whenever a rash is accompanied by fever, large hives, or any unusual appearance (tick bites have a defined bull's-eye and ringworm has a dime-sized patchy circle, for example), seek medical attention.
- Viral rashes generally occur over large areas of the body before, during, or after common colds in infants and toddlers. These rashes should fade in a few days. Call your pediatrician if they linger.
- Rashes may appear to be more severe after a child is bathed because warm water dilates the blood vessels.
Nurse Chickie, The Twin Source house RN, has almost three decades of nursing experience beginning with pediatrics in 1982, and more love for her "grandbabies" than two little twins can handle.
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