Heat rash is a common occurrence in toddlers and is easily treated.
Heat rash is also called "prickly heat" or "summer rash". The rash appears when the body is overheated and sweat causes pores to clog. The rash will usually appear in folds of skin or on body parts that are tightly covered in clothing, such as the crotch, stomach, and chest.
Heat rash itself is not serious; however overheating the body can be extremely serious.
When you see a heat rash, that means that your child is overheated and must be cooled down. Remove or loosen your child’s clothing and try to get to some shade or in an air conditioned room. Also, make you’re your child has plenty of water to drink.
Apply cool wet cloths to the areas that have heat rash. Do not rub the area as this will irritate the rash further. A lukewarm bath with a couple of spoonfuls of baking soda can help relieve the rash. Use a fan or an air conditioner at night but don’t let your child get chilled. Keep your child’s fingernails short so they cannot scratch open the rash.
To prevent heat rash, make sure to dress your toddler in loose fitted clothing that is lightweight. Natural fabrics are also a better option because they will absorb sweat better than synthetic materials.
If playing outside, make sure that your toddler stays hydrated, and try to keep him in a shady area.
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