Rashes in children are very common. Rashes are one of the most common reasons parents visit the doctor with their child. In most cases a rash does not indicate a serious condition, but in some cases they do.
Types of rashes
There are many different types of rashes:
- Heat rash.
- Nappy rash.
- Viral rashes such as chicken pox, rubella, measles, slapped cheek.
- Fungal rash.
- Allergic reaction including food, medicine or skin contact.
If children are well and show no other symptoms with their rash, then they can simply be observed for a couple of days. Many rashes will disappear without any treatment. One type of rash can have different causes.
When to seek help
If your child has:
- A fever and purplish patches or tiny red dots that do not blanch, which may be a sign of sepsis and meningitis.
- A high temperature in addition to the rash.
- Breathing difficulties.
- Signs of being generally unwell and not acting themselves.
- If you are concerned at all, seek medical attention.
Treating your child’s rash depends on their overall condition, however general ways to treat rashes may include:
- Bacterial skin infections should be treated with topical antibiotics.
- Antihistamines may be required to reduce the itching.
- Cool baths.
- Cortisone creams if applicable.
Points to remember
- Rashes are caused by many different things.
- Whilst people have been known to use the ‘glass test’ to assess severity of a rash, please note this is not always 100 % reliable.
- If the rash persists consult you doctor.
- If your child is unwell with the rash seek medical advice.