Heat Rash In Babies
Babies don't have effective sweat glands. So 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. This can also be an issue for babies in very hot weather.
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What is heat rash?
Heat rash, also known as prickly heat, is an eruption of small, reddish, pinhead-sized spots (and sometimes small blisters) which can appear on the skin if your baby overheats. Children of all ages can get heat rash, but it's most common in babies; as they find it more difficult to regulate their temperature.
Heat rash is most common in folds of his skin, or next to tight fitting clothing, such as on the stomach, neck, crotch, bottom, back of the knees, or across the scalp if a hat is being worn.
This rash will settle as soon as the skin is allowed to cool properly, and bathing with tepid water can. 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?
Cool off: Start by removing or loosening your baby’s clothing and move him or her to a cool, shady spot. Use damp 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.
Air dry: Do not dry the baby with a towel, which could irritate the rash, but let him air dry, use a fan, or gently pat the skin dry. Avoid using any creams which could prolong the rash.
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. Keep her comfortably cool, not cold.
Let the skin breathe: Expose your baby's skin to the air as much as possible – let him be naked, or dress him in a light layer of loose, soft clothing.
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.
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