Heat Rash In Babies
Babies don't have effective sweat glands and if they overheat because they're wearing too many clothes or have too much bedding on top.
They have no means of controlling their body temperature. It can also happen to any baby in very hot weather.
A heat rash of small, reddish, pinhead-sized spots can then develop. This will settle as soon as the skin is allowed to cool properly, and bathing with tepid water can also help. It’s worth mentioning here, that recent research has shown that when babies overheat, the risk of cot death is increased, so it’s important to keep an eye on your baby.
How do I treat this?
- Start by removing or loosening your baby’s clothing and move him or her to a cool, shady spot
- Cool down the rash. Use cool, wet cloths on the rash to help cool it down and ease the itching. Giving the baby a lukewarm bath with about two teaspoons of baking soda mixed in can feel soothing. Do not dry the baby with a towel, which could irritate the rash, but let him air dry.
- Keep the baby’s room cool at night. Use an air conditioner or fan, but be sure not to let the cool air aim directly at the baby or he will get chilled. Keep him comfortably cool, not cold.
- Consult your doctor if you’re concerned about severe sunburn. But remember, prevention is always better than cure. Babies have particularly sensitive skin and you should keep them well shaded from direct sunrays whenever possible. If they’re crawling and will inevitably be in the sun some of the time, use high factor sun creams, a sun hat and keep as much of their body as possible protected with clothing.
– Article contributed by easyparenting magazine