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Heat rash, also known as prickly heat and prickly heat rash, is a common problem in children, especially infants, according to saintlukesc.org. In this, small red spots appear on the skin. It most often appears on the neck, buttocks, and skin folds. But it can appear anywhere on the body. Heat rash is not a serious problem. It can be easily treated at home.
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Prickly heat is caused by blockage of the sweat glands. A child’s sweat glands can become blocked when exposed to too much sun or heat, wearing too many layers of clothing, and doing intense exercise or physical activity. Prickly heat can cause the skin to become red and small bumps may form. Itching of the skin may also occur.photo credit: pexels
The diagnosis of prickly heat can be done only by looking at them. In most cases, heat rash does not require treatment. These often go away on their own within 2 to 3 days. There are things you can do at home to help ease your child’s symptoms, such as applying a cold compress to the rash. For example, apply a clean washcloth dipped in cold water.
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Keep the baby in a cool environment with a rash, bathe the baby in cool water, and loosen the baby’s diaper if the baby rubs the rash or has a rash on the buttocks. But if the rash doesn’t get better within 3 days of starting treatment, along with other symptoms, such as fever, sore throat, or body aches, take your child to a doctor right away. This could be a sign of infection. Also, you should take the child to the doctor if the rash looks infected (redness or oozing pus), has a fever, or is accompanied by a feverish seizure.photo credit: unsplash
To keep skin cool, wear loose cotton clothing, use light bedding, shower with cool water, and drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration, according to the National Health Service. Also, apply something cold, such as a damp cloth or ice pack, for 20 minutes to soothe the itching or stinging. Pat or rub the rash instead of scratching it, and don’t use scented shower gels or creams.
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