Your child is on the most sensitive point of time. They are still developing and adapting to the changing environment they are in. It now a time when they are not in your protective womb anymore. So, it is important to care for them very carefully. You, as parents, must try to know about the signs of any skin conditions so that you can take action immediately. In fact, majority of these conditions are treatable with the right tips in mind!
What are heat rashes?
A heat rash is a skin condition that is mostly caused by blocked sweat ducts which traps excessive sweat beneath the skin - reacting as a rash.
Heat rashes are the most common skin conditions in children and easily disappear after simple treatment methods. Yet, sometimes, you might need professional support. So, knowing the exact signs of danger is very crucial for parents. By being in consultation and getting advice from your trusted doctor should be a regular exercise to ensure an all round safety for your children’s skin health.
Signs and symptoms
The basic signs of a heat rash includes little bumps on the skin of your child. They could appear red - which is more prominently seen in light skinned babies. These appear most in the folds of the skin or on parts of the body where clothing fits snugly - including the chest, stomach, neck and private parts.
Reasons for a heat rash are varied. Your child might develop a skin rash because of:
- hot weather
- humid weather
- even the winter (if your child has too many layers of clothing)
- allergic reactions to shampoos, soaps or detergents (such as eczema or psoriasis)
- reactions to viral infections, medication, stress or embarrassment
The usual cause is the presence excess of sweat in any of the mentioned conditions above. Thus, by knowing some of these basic signs to look out for - caring for heat rashes is easy at home for you.
Yet, if your child’s rash persists, it is time to call your doctor immediately. These are the signs you might observe if your your child is developing a heat rash that is dangerous and needs a doctor’s immediate attention:
- shortness of breath
- skin peeling away
- blisters in the mouth
- swelling/tightness in the throat
- areas of tenderness
- joint pain
- streaks of red
- abnormal bleeding or bruises under the rash
Tips to prevent heat rashes in kids
The treatment for a general heat does not require much work. They usually clear automatically after a while of two to three days rest. Yet, if your child needs a more quicker treatment - you can try the following tips.
1. A cool treatment
Always try keeping your child in an air conditioned is very helpful. In fact, any place that remains cool will help in bringing the rashes down. A cool cloth or a cool water wash/bath treatment with safe gentle/mild soap is also an effective treatment. Being in a dry condition helps with avoiding excessive sweating. This is especially good when you need to dry your child after a bath. Instead of agitating your child’s skin more by rubbing a towel on the body excessively - let their body air dry.
An ice pack can be used for at least 20 minutes on and off until any form of pain or discomfort subsides.
2. Any excess clothing
You must remove the excess clothing and replace them loose-fitting clothes i.e. lightweight and made of cotton. They should be worn especially in the times when your child is in any of the mentioned conditions. This will actively help in lessening any sweat and excessive feeling of rubbing on your child’s body.
3. Due to medication
If the rash is due a medication being taken - immediately stop giving your child the medication. Call your doctor and consult with them about your future steps regarding the medication. Also, try to avoid using thick ointments, creams or lotions that can clog pores as well as worsen the blockage of sweat ducts that have already been caused by the rash.
4. Due to allergic reaction
If the rash is caused by an allergic reaction, you should swiftly consult with your doctor or visit the emergency room according to the degree of seriousness.
5. Due to fever
If a fever has caused the rash, your doctor will probably prescribe an acetaminophen like tylenol or safe medication to reduce your child’s fever.
6. Medication treatment
Doctors tend to prescribe hydrocortisone, other topical creams, antibiotics, ointments, calamine lotion or camphor. These may be needed if your child’s rash area becomes infected due to excessive scratching.
Do you have any rash crisis stories to share? Are there any other effective treatments that you know have worked for children? Comment and share with each other ladies!