What is heat rash?If your baby suddenly gets a red, pimply rash on the neck, under the arms on the edge of the diaper or underwear, then that's probably heat rash.
This rash, also called sweat bubbles can arise when your child is overheated in hot, humid weather or dressed way too warm. It often occurs in skin folds and body to places where clothing rubs - ie chest, abdomen, neck, armpits, genitals and buttocks. If your child is wearing hats or caps, then you can also form on the scalp heat rash.
Heat rash is dangerous?No, but it is an indication that your child is too hot. If you do nothing to cool your baby, then it could create something worse - for example, a Heatstroke.
What causes heat rash?When it's hot outside and humid, then your child sweats to cool off. If it does so much that the sweat clogs the pores of the skin, then the rash forms. (Younger children therefore more prone to sweat bubbles, because their pores are smaller.) Tight and heavy clothing can also hold the sweat and cause skin irritation. The child gets the rash so if it sweats too much for some reason.
Does my child hurt by this rash?No, Heat rash usually cause any pain, but they can be terribly itchy pimples and some may be sensitive to touch.
How should I treat heat rash?
- Begin your toddler to provide cooling. Loosen or remove clothing and bring your child in a airy space or in a shady place.
- Cool the affected area with cold, wet cotton towels. Even a lukewarm Bad does well. Allow air to the skin so it can dry - that's better than rubbing with towels in it. A little naked kicking will make the rash heal quickly.
- If your baby is irritable or reacts tearfully to the touch of the rash, then slather the affected areas with silicas gel, a zinc-shaking mixture (lotio alba aquosa) or - very rarely, and only after consultation with the doctor - with hydrocortisone ointment. Avoid ointments and moisturizers as they may aggravate the rash, by additionally clog pores.
- When the heat stops at night, then put a fan in the baby's bed near.
Go with the child to the doctor if it fever. Then it will eventually get a pain suppositories against. Give your baby never without consultation with the doctor aspirin! In rare cases, can cause life-threatening Reye's syndrome this anti-pyretics of little children. Keep your child always in mind: When the temperature drops, it could freeze and then has to be reheated.