Being a loving parent, you obviously wouldn’t want to see your toddler suffering from rashes, do you? Heat rash in toddlers is a very common occurrence. As a mother, you may be trying to ensure you give your toddler regular baths and use protective skin care products.
Sometimes even with all the special skincare routine and extra care, your child may end up with these stubborn rashes. So what can you do in order to prevent them? Learn few preventive measures and ensure your toddler is happy! Here are a few simple yet effective tips to tackle heat rashes in your toddler.
What Is A Heat Rash?
A heat rash is more commonly known as prickly heat or summer rash. These are little bumps or small blisters that erupt on the skin and are mostly seen when your toddler’s body gets over heated. In most cases, these eruptions may look like angry little welts.
If your toddler is experiencing heat rash, the most common areas where you may find these are in the inner folds of his skin. You can also check the regions where the clothes have a tight or comfort fit and are in close contact with the skin, as the chest, stomach, genitalia, and hips. If your toddler often wears caps, the rash may appear on the scalp as well.
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Causes Of Heat Rash:
While it is called a heat rash or a summer rash, this type of rash does not limit its appearance only during summer months. Sometimes, it is common to see a heat rash even in winters.
Your baby’s sweat glands are not as mature as that of an adult. The most common cause of a heat rash is when your toddler’s body is over heated. This could also happen in cold months. Let’s take a look at some of the most common causes of your toddler heat rash:
- If your baby is in a very hot and humid weather
- If your baby is constantly exposed to the sun’s harsh rays
- If your baby is often wrapped in warm clothes
- If your baby is often wrapped in excess layers of clothing
- If your baby’s clothes are made of a different fabric other than cotton
- If there is constant sweat accumulation in the folds of your toddler’s skin like under the arms, genitalia, and neck
- If your baby is being lathered in creams that do not allow the skin to breathe and trap heat instead
- If your baby is on a medication and the heat produced is an after effect
- If your baby has a high fever
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Symptoms Of Heat Rash:
A heat rash will look like a regular rash, but here are some of the common symptoms you can look out for:
- Red bumps on your toddler’s skin
- An itchy sensation on the skin
- A prickly sensation on the skin
- Feeling cranky or crying
How Can I Treat Heat Rash In My Toddler?
If your toddler has developed heat rash, the most important thing to ensure is that your toddler’s skin and body remain cool. Here are a few things you can do in help treating heat rash in toddlers at the earliest:
- Make sure you do not put too many layers of clothing on your toddler.
- The surrounding temperature where your toddler is should be well regulated and not too warm.
- Ensure your toddler does not spend too much time in a carrier or a sling.
- Ensure the fabric of your toddler’s clothes is pure cotton, light and breathable.
- If your toddler needs to be in a car for a long time, ensure that the air conditioner is mostly on.
- Keep your toddler away from the outdoors, especially in hot months.
- Give your toddler a comfortable and cool bath twice a day.
- Use a mild anti-prickly heat powder for your toddler that is recommended by your toddler’s pediatrician.
- Use a mild anti-bacterial soap for your toddler’s bath time.
- Avoid all use of moisturizers, creams or lotions that can further clog the pores.
- Make sure your toddler is always properly hydrated and has plenty of water and fresh juices.
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Following these simple tips can go a long way in ensuring your toddler does not experience these uncomfortable skin rashes. As these rashes tend to itch, most toddlers want to scratch the skin, making the condition worse.
Heat rashes go away in a few days with proper care. In case it persists for long or your toddler is extremely uncomfortable, schedule an appointment with your doctor.
If you have any special tips for taking care of toddler with heat rash, do share in the comments section below!
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