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    Is Your Child Sick? TM


    Heat Rash

    Is this your child's symptom?

    • A fine pink rash caused by overheating
    • Mainly on the neck, chest, and upper back

    If NOT, try one of these:


    Symptoms of Heat Rash

    • Tiny, pink bumps
    • Mainly on the neck, chest and upper back
    • Occurs during hot, humid weather or after lots of sun
    • Heat rash can be itchy
    • Older children may have a "prickly" pins and needles feeling
    • In babies, the rash can have some tiny water blisters
    • No fever or illness
    • Also called "prickly heat"

    Causes of Heat Rash

    • Heat rash is caused by blocked-off sweat glands.
    • Hot Weather. Hot, humid weather can cause the sweat glands to be overworked.
    • Ointment. Babies can also get it in the wintertime from ointments put on the skin. Reason: Ointments can block off sweat glands.
    • Location. 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. Heat rash of the chest can be caused by menthol ointments put on for coughs.
    • Exercise. Older children can get heat rash with hard exercise.

    When to Call for Heat Rash

    When to Call for Heat Rash

    Call Doctor or Seek Care Now

    • Fever and looks infected (spreading redness or pus)
    • Your child looks or acts very sick
    • You think your child needs to be seen, and the problem is urgent

    Call Doctor Within 24 Hours

    • Looks infected (spreading redness, pus), but no fever
    • You think your child needs to be seen, but the problem is not urgent

    Call Doctor During Office Hours

    • Rash is not gone after 3 days of treatment
    • You have other questions or concerns

    Self Care at Home

    • Heat rash

    Call Doctor or Seek Care Now

    • Fever and looks infected (spreading redness or pus)
    • Your child looks or acts very sick
    • You think your child needs to be seen, and the problem is urgent

    Call Doctor Within 24 Hours

    • Looks infected (spreading redness, pus), but no fever
    • You think your child needs to be seen, but the problem is not urgent

    Call Doctor During Office Hours

    • Rash is not gone after 3 days of treatment
    • You have other questions or concerns

    Self Care at Home

    • Heat rash

    Care Advice for Heat Rash

    1. What You Should Know About Heat Rash:
      • Heat rash is caused by blocked-off sweat glands.
      • It's common in hot, humid weather.
      • Here is some care advice that should help.
    2. Cooling the Skin:
      • Cool off the skin to treat and prevent heat rash.
      • For large rashes, give your child a cool bath without soap. Do this for 10 minutes. (Caution: Avoid any chill.) Let the skin air-dry. Do this 3 or more times a day.
      • For small rashes, put a cool, wet washcloth on the area. Do this for 5 to 10 minutes. Then let the skin air-dry.
      • Dress in as few layers of clothing as you can.
      • Lower the temperature in your home if you can.
    3. Sleeping Cooler:
      • When your child is asleep, run a fan in the bedroom.
      • During sleep, have your child lie on a cotton towel to absorb sweat. (Note: Only for older children age over 1 year.)
    4. Steroid Cream for Itching:
      • Use 1% hydrocortisone cream (such as Cortaid). No prescription is needed.
      • Put it on itchy spots 3 times per day.
      • Avoid hydrocortisone ointment.
      • Calamine lotion can also work.
    5. Do Not Use Ointments:
      • Avoid all ointments or oils on the skin. Reason: They can block off sweat glands.
      • Be sure the rash isn't caused by a menthol ointment being used for a cough.
    6. What to Expect:
      • With treatment, heat rash will clear up in 2 to 3 days.
    7. Call Your Doctor If:
      • Rash lasts more than 3 days on this treatment
      • Rash starts to look infected
      • You think your child needs to be seen
      • Your child becomes worse

    And remember, contact your doctor if your child develops any of the 'Call Your Doctor' symptoms.

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