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Rashes In Children: Common Yet Easily Treatable Condition 

Overview of rashes in children

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Rashes are considered as reaction of skin, develop in children's' bodies at some time during their lives. Childhood rashes are common condition and usually harmless in nature. Most of the rashes go away by their own without the need of any treatment, however, some of them can be potentially dangerous if not treated within required time frame.


Common Rashes and their symptoms

Some of the most common rashes found in children are hives, eczema, chicken pox, ringworm, diaper rash, measles, scarlet fever, fifth disease, etc. The common symptoms of different kinds of rashes are extremely itchy skin, red patches that turn into fluid-filled blisters, appetite loss, blisters turning into red patchy skin, dry cough, eye redness, nausea, sore joints, etc. 


Causes of Rashes

Rashes develop during measles or chicken pox is caused due to viral infections. Many rashes are caused due to bacterial infections. Diaper rash occurs due to bacterial infections. Sometimes, rashes develop due to eating any kind of allergenic food or touching such substances that causes skin inflammation. Extreme heat and sweating are some other causes of rashes which results in bringing red and tiny pimples of bumps on certain body parts.

Treatment for rashes

Medications, application of steroid creams, calamine lotion, over-the-counter anti-fungal creams, etc. are some of the most used ways of treating rashes caused due to viral and bacterial infections. Diaper rashes are not serious in nature and can be treated easily at home. Simple measures like keeping the area dry and clean, cleaning the bum thoroughly before applying new diaper, if possible keep them open for few hours in a day, etc. can help in getting respite from diaper rashes. Make use of organic or cotton diapers as they reduce the chances of developing rashes significantly.

If rashes are developed due to eating allergenic substances, avoid eating them or touching them. Heat rashes can be managed easily by keeping the rash area cool and dry. Whenever possible, apply ice packs on them. Avoid wearing skin tight and woollen clothes; rather wear cotton clothes so that skin can breathe easily. Oatmeal baths do wonder in decreasing itching caused due to rashes. One of the most important things necessary to consider is advice children not to scratch the affected area as it makes the situation worsen.  

Despite following home treatments if rashes do not go away, do not make delay in seeking medical consultation.

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Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last updated: September 08, 2012

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