Rashes on Children


Rashes on Children

Guide on Rashes

Have you noticed pink pimples on your newborn baby’s cheeks? Does your toddler, who, aside from suffering from fever, also have red welts? Whichever of the two you may be experiencing, it is highly possible that you are on the verge of panicking. This panic you are feeling led you to this page. It is only logical to be worried, since we are talking about your precious one here, so it is imperative that you, as a parent, understand rashes better as there are many different ways to approach it. Rashes on children can also mean many different things.

You need to understand though that in most cases, the blotches and bumps on your child’s skin are the body’s reaction to specific types of irritants, changes in hormonal levels, or infections. And since young children’s immune systems are still undergoing development, which means that they still have immature immunity, they are far more sensitive to bugs, viruses, and chemicals than adults.

You should also keep in mind that while very annoying, itchy and inflamed skin is often harmless. These also tend to fade over time without taking any steps. However, there are some types of rashes that can result in constant discomfort without the interference of medication, such as eczema. There are also certain rashes such as impetigo, which is a type of infection, that are contagious.

Since rashes can be quite hard to distinguish, especially for new parents, it is always recommended for them to give their doctors a call. Furthermore, if the rashes come with symptoms such as breathing problems, soreness or tightening of the throat, and/or fever, visiting the doctor as soon as possible is important.

To give you a brief overview on rashes, below is a list of the most common conditions that may be causing them:

Blisters: Can be caused by contact dermatitis, diaper rash, poison ivy, coxsackie, impetigo,
Redness of cheeks: Can be a result of fifth disease
Dried skin patches: Can be caused by eczema or cradle cap
Accompanied by fever: Can be a result of fifth disease, coxsackie, scarlet fever, or roseola
Flakiness: Can be due to cradle cap
Itchiness: Can be caused by contact dermatitis, fifth disease, poison ivy, impetigo, eczema, or scarlet fever
Lesions: Can be a result of psoriasis
Red spots or bumps: Can be due to diaper rash, petechiae, eczema, poison ivy, scarlet fever, or roseola
Red welts: Can be caused by hives

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