Babies are the embodiment of innocence and perfect skin when they are born. However, they are prone to rashes over time as they have very sensitive skin which all parents must be aware of. Some common rashes among babies are:-
Roseola is a viral illness in young babies, affecting those between 6 – 24 months. A child affected by roseola develops the following marked symptoms:-
Fever – The child develops a high fever , greater than 103 F or 39.4 C which may last for upto a week. During this time, the child may appear irritable, have decreased appetite and swollen nymph nodes or glands in the neck. Rash – Once the fever subsides, a pinkish-red flat or raised rash appears and spread over the body to the neck, face, arms and legs. There may be a white ring around some of the spots too. The rash which is not itchy, can last from several hours to days before fading.
Chicken pox is caused by the varizella zoster virus that spreads easily. If your babies are exposed to chicken pox, the abscess begin to appear anywhere between 10 – 21 days. Chicken pox is charactized by the following symptoms:-
Itchy Skin Rash – They appear first on the abdomen or back or face, and then spreads to almost everywhere else on the body – scalp, mouth, nose, ears and genitals. The rashes develop into thin-walled blisters filled with clear fluid. The blister wall breaks, leaving open sores, which finally become dry, brown scabs. Milder Symptoms – Some children have a fever, abdominal pain, sore throat, or a sick feeling a day or two before the rash appears. The fever stays in the range of 100°-102° F (37.7°-38.8° C) and sometimes, it may be higher.
A large number of babies develop baby eczema around 2 – 3 months of age. It occurs as a result of oversensitivity of the immune system and is largely hereditary based. Some common symptoms are:-
Skin Conditions – Babies suffer from very dry, itchy skin. Other symptoms include reddening, cracking, swelling or scaling of the skin. Sometimes, tiny bumps appear that bleeds or ooze – appears on the scalp, forehead, chest and around the joints.
As the name suggests, heat rash or prickly heat occurs when your baby overheats. Babies affected by heat rash have red bumps on parts of the body where the clothes fit snugly, including the chest, stomach, neck, crotch and buttocks.
Always consult your peadiatrician to treat any kind of rashes and for any further treatment or cure of such skin conditions.