October 22, 2019

5 Common Rashes… and what to do about them!

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Rashes are a part of childhood. Most kids get them, and sometimes they appear for no apparent reason. They can be understandably upsetting for parents, so it can be helpful to know about the most common childhood rashes, as well as what you can do to help and when it’s time to see a doctor.


1. Eczema

Eczema is a common childhood rash. It is usually genetic and kids who have parents with eczema or asthma are prone to it. It can be exacerbated by allergies or sensitivities to environmental irritants. Eczema can look like patches of dry skin or red, thickened skin. These patches are itchy, and your child may scratch. Eczema should be seen by a doctor for an official diagnosis. Prescription medications are available. You can prevent eczema flares by finding your child’s triggers and keeping her skin moisturized.

2. Impetigo

Impetigo is a bacterial infection. It’s mostly commonly found around the mouth and nose but can appear anywhere on the body. It looks like red bumps and can also have a golden-colored crust. Impetigo requires a bacterial prescription medication, so a trip to the doctor is necessary.

3. Ringworm

This fungal infection is very common and, despite common belief, it has nothing to do with a child’s cleanliness. Anyone can get ringworm. The infection usually looks like a raised red circle with a patch of normal looking skin in the middle. Ringworm is usually itchy. Try to keep your child from scratching it because this can spread the infection. You can treat this rash with over-the-counter fungal cream along with hydrocortisone cream to help the itching.

4. Hives

Hives indicate that your child is having an allergic reaction. They can be caused by a food allergy or an environmental allergy. If your child has hives and is having any signs of swelling or difficulty breathing, get to an emergency room immediately. Hives usually show up the trunk of the body and occasionally on the arms and legs. They are irregularly shaped welts that often appear in clusters. Hives can be treated with oral diphenhydramine and hydrocortisone cream, but you should have your child tested to find out what he is allergic to.

5. Roseola

Roseola is a viral disease that causes a high fever and a rash that looks like spotty red bumps, which can sometimes have a lacy appearance. The fever usually comes first and lasts for a couple days. After the fever breaks, the rash appears. You can treat your child’s fever with acetaminophen, following the package directions for dosing. Contact your doctor if the fever doesn’t come down with medication or if your child begins to show signs of dehydration.