Many things can trigger rashes in children. While most rashes are not serious, there are some instances where medical help may be needed.
Some rashes in children go away on their own, but others require medical attention. Here’s how to cure common childhood rashes and when to see a doctor if your child has red, itchy skin.
The effective treatment of rashes in children depends on a few things, including your child’s overall health. Is your child exhibiting any additional symptoms or signs of illness? How soon did the rash appear? Is it localised or generalised throughout the body? How much does your child’s rash affect them? Is your child currently taking any medications? Has your child tried any new meals, soaps, or skin care products?
For the most part, these are general ways to treat rashes:
Treat bacterial skin infections with a topical antiseptic or antibacterial therapy. Although topical treatment is usually sufficient, oral antibiotics are sometimes required. Call your child’s doctor if the lesions are extensive or spreading.
Treat the irritation and rash with antihistamines (such as children’s Benadryl). Because antihistamines typically make youngsters tired, give them before bedtime. Antihistamine creams should be avoided because they can irritate the skin and aggravate the rash.
Cool (not hot) oatmeal baths will relieve an itching rash, and after the bath, apply calamine lotion or a baking soda solution to the rash. If the rash is not caused by a fungus, chicken pox, or bacterial infection, apply 1% hydrocortisone lotion to the affected area.
If your child has recently started taking a new medication and develops a rash, contact your doctor immediately.