- Baby heat rash
- What causes baby heat rash?
- Part of the bodies usually affected
- Images of what heat rash looks like
- Is heat rash harmful to babies?
- How can I get rid of the baby’s heat rash?
Heat rash, a skin condition that often affects children and adults in hot and humid weather conditions. Heat rash can be prickly or itchy and uncomfortable for babies and make them easily upset. Babies are more susceptible to heat rash because their sweat glands are less developed than those of older children and adults. However, in most case, heat rash clears up on its own, not requiring any medical care but with a little help from you.
Heat rash is also known as miliaria or prickly heat. This is an inflammatory disorder of the skin that is characterized by redness, eruptions, itching or burning due blockage of sweat gland ducts.
How Can I Identify If My Baby Has Heat Rash?
These are the various symptoms you may watch out for should your baby have heat rash
- Always look out for tiny, pink bumps
- These are mainly seen on the neck, chest and upper back
- Symptoms are common during hot, humid weather or after lots of sunshine
- Heat rash can be itchy or prickly
- The rash may have some tiny water blisters in babies
- No fever or illness associated
What Causes Baby Heat Rash?
- Heat rash is mainly caused by blocked-off sweat glands.
- Weather: Hot, humid weather can cause the sweat glands to be stressed
- Ointment: Ointment used on babies skin during winter time can also cause heat rash in their skin. This is possible because ointments can block off the delicate sweat glands.
- Depending on the location of the rash: Heat rash of the chest can be caused by menthol ointments put on for coughs. Heat rash of the forehead can be caused by oil or ointment on the hair. Heat rash of the face of a breastfed baby can be caused by lanolin put on the nipples.
Is Heat Rash harmful To Babies?
Heat rash can usually be identified by its appearance (a rough, red rash that looks like sunburn), develops on the body and limbs. Babies may also develop red tongues and feel unwell. However, take your baby to a doctor, if these symptoms persist after 4 or 5 days, or your baby develops a fever.
How Can I Get Rid Of Baby’s Heat Rash?
- Wash your hands before and after every diaper change.
- Check your baby’s diaper often, and change it as soon as it becomes wet or soiled.
- If you use wipes, choose mild ones
- Ensure your baby stays cool and avoid getting sweaty. You may use air conditioning if you live in a hot climate location.
- Avoiding too many layers when you dress your child. Dressing him in light cotton clothing will also be helpful
- Help your baby feel more comfortable, by giving your baby a bath in lukewarm water. It’s best not to use soap because this can irritate your baby’s skin. You can also rub calamine lotion on the rash.
- Speak to your healthcare provider if your baby is scratching at the blisters. Your doctor would prescribe a better ointment for the treatment
- Always remember to dry your baby’s skin fold after a bath.