14:48 (GMT+2), Thu, 05 July 2012
Your guide to common paediatric skin conditions and how to remedy them.
Heat rash comes and goes with changes in temperature. It’s light pink in colour and spotty, and is mostly located in the warmest areas of the body like the neck, face and skin folds, or where clothing heats the body. As the body cools, the rash mostly disappears. It doesn’t seem to itch, but your baby may be restless due to discomfort from the heat.
Treating heat rash:
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- Dress your baby in pure cotton clothes and don’t overdress her.
- If the rash doesn’t disappear, or if your baby seems off-colour, has or recently had a fever or flu-like symptoms, it may be an allergy or perhaps measles, German measles, or roseola (baby measles). Allergy rashes are often triggered by diet, fabric detergents or body soaps and lotions.
- See your doctor if your baby seems unwell.
- To soothe itchy rashes, add a pot of rooibos tea to her bathwater, give her Calendula tablets, and apply a light layer of Calendula cream.