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Rashes in Infants and Children (Children Under 2 Years)

Information about Rashes in Infants and Children (Children Under 2 Years)

We Have to Know about the Rashes in Infants and Children (Children Under 2 Years)

  • A rash is a change in the color or texture of the skin. A skin rash can be flat, bumpy, scaly, red, skin-colored, or slightly lighter or darker than skin color.

Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions  

Causes of Rashes in Infants and Children (Children Under 2 Years)

  • Diaper rash
  • Yeast diaper rash caused by candida
  • Heat rash or prickly heat due to hot and humid weather
  • Erythema toxic
  • Baby acne is caused by exposure to the mother’s hormones
  • Cradle cap
  • Hives
  • Eczema

Do’s and Don’ts of Rashes in Infants and Children (Children Under 2 Years)   

  • Avoid those which cause a rash

Signs & Symptoms of Rashes in Infants and Children (Children Under 2 Years)

  • Rash

Medical advice for Rashes in Infants and Children (Children Under 2 Years)

Call your doctor if your child has:

  • A fever or other unexplained symptoms associated with the rash
  • Any areas that look wet, oozing, or red, which are signs of infection
  • A rash that extends beyond the diaper area
  • A rash that is worse in the skin creases
  • A rash, spots, blister, or discoloration and is younger than 3 months
  • Blisters
  • No improvement after 3 days of home treatment
  • Significant scratching

Risk factors of Rashes in Infants and Children (Children Under 2 Years)     

Treatment for Rashes in Infants and Children (Children Under 2 Years)  

  • Treatment depends on the cause of the rash

Self-care for Rashes in Infants and Children (Children Under 2 Years)

  • Diaper rashes: Keep the skin dry. Change wet diapers as quickly as possible. Allow the baby’s skin to air dry as long as is practical. Ointments or creams may help reduce friction
  • Other rashes: Heat rash or prickly heat is best treated by providing a cooler and less humid environment for the child.
  • Baby acne: Normal washing is usually all that is necessary to treat baby acne. Use plain water or mild baby soap and only bathe your baby every 2-3 days. Avoid acne medicines used by adolescents and adults.
  • Cradle cap: wash the hair or scalp with water or mild baby shampoo. Use a brush to remove the flakes of dry skin. If this cannot be removed easily, apply oil to the scalp to soften it.
  • Eczema: reduce scratching and keep the skin moisturized.
  • Keep the baby’s fingernails short and consider putting soft gloves on the child at night to minimize scratching.
  • Drying soaps and anything that has caused irritation in the past (including foods) should be avoided.
  • Apply a moisturizing cream or ointment immediately after baths to avoid drying.
  • Loose, cotton clothing will help absorb perspiration.

Investigations for Rashes in Infants and Children (Children Under 2 Years)

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