5 Common Skin Conditions in Children Explained
Chickenpox is one of the most common childhood illnesses and most children are bound to catch it at some point, as it spreads quickly and easily in a group through sneezing or coughing.
It causes a red rash with itchy spots that turn into blisters. They then crust over to form scabs, which will eventually drop off. Some children only get a few spots, but sometimes they can cover the entire body.
Eczema is a skin condition that causes the skin to become red, dry, itchy and sometimes cracked. Eczema normally starts in childhood but can continue into adulthood. It may start on the face, behind the knees or in the creases of the elbows. The condition can be extremely uncomfortable and frustrating to live with.
3. Prickly Heat
Prickly heat (heat rash) can sometimes occur in young babies if they overheat and begin to sweat. It may be caused by too many clothes or a hot and humid environment. Prickly heat looks like tiny red bumps and blisters on the skin, but these will soon clear once your baby has cooled down.
Ringworm is quite common and is quite an infectious fungal skin condition. It causes a red rash to appear that looks like a ring on the skin. The most common areas for the rash to appear is the scalp, feet, and groin, but it can appear on any part of the body. It's generally not a serious condition and can be treated with special creams from the pharmacy.
5. Slapped Cheek Syndrome
This viral infection is quite common in childhood, especially for children who attend creche or nursery where they are in constant contact with other children. It causes a bright red rash to appear on both cheeks, hence the name 'slapped cheek' syndrome. It normally doesn't require any treatment and only last a few days. however, in come cases, it may last up to four or five weeks.
Childhood rashes are very common and are often nothing to worry about. Most rashes are harmless and will go away on their own. If your child has a rash and seems unwell, or if you are concerned, it is always a good idea to see your GP to find out the cause and start any necessary treatment,
(Katherine Eve, Skin Care Specialist)
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