Heat Rashes are irritating and common, but luckily in most cases, they are easily curable.
Most of the heat rashes go away on their own in two to three days if you provide babies a cooler and comfortable surrounding.
Keeping babies in air condition or by dressing them in light clothes to avoid sweating can help babies to cure from this illness.
However, sometimes the suffering of the rash is serious than regular itching and redness and needed some cure or medical attention.
There are a few tips, to try at home as soon as rashes are spotted;
Removing extra layers of clothing and any other wraps and blankets from the baby. If the rash appears while the baby is in sunlight or any other warm place, put away the baby and move to the cooler place and try to turn on the fan.
If the rash noticed is on a smaller area, you just need to dap some wet clothes, such small patches usually appear on the back of the neck or in skin fold like elbow creases. Instant and gentle dab of wet cloth will relax and soothe the irritated skin soon.
However, if the rash, redness is found to cover the large area, try to give your baby a bath. Soaking skin with water for a minimum of ten to fifteen minutes will reduce the redness. While bathing your baby, keep in mind to avoid any chemical or soap, as mostly the chemicals in bathing products can intensify the rash.
Cold pack compresses are great for soothing irritated skin. Use ice wrapped in a cloth or towel for making an ice packs. These ice packs can reduce the pain and irritation associated with heat rash.
Cooling down the skin, instantly or keeping it cool after suffering is important for babies. Need to keep your skin clean and avoid sweating and humidity while it is healing using cures. And to maintain the body temperature all the time in a humid temperature it is avoid to use air conditioners or fans.
After bathing your baby in moderate to cool water, let the skin air dry and don’t rub towels or any other clothes to dry the skin. As most of the towels are of the hard texture and soft rashes skin is sensitive to any hard clothing item.
Secondly, any clothing item with germs or previously used items can be problematic for the skin.
Oatmeal is trusted for reducing itching and inflammation of heat rash. You can put oatmeal in slightly warm water, one or two cups of oatmeals can be used for this remedy. However, make sure the water is not hot, otherwise, it would cause more irritation. This makes it a useful home remedy for heat rash and a number of other skin conditions.
Adults can also use the oatmeal for treating skin burn and heat rashes. You can also make a paste with oatmeal and water and apply it to your skin. Mix 1 part oatmeal to 1 part water, and mix until it forms a paste.
Being an anti-inflammatory and natural antiseptic, aloe Vera can help to cool down the skin and also prevent infections. The pain and swelling caused by the heat rashes can be reduced using aloe Vera.
Commonly found tree of Neem also known as margosa can be used on a number of skin rashes. Neem is a natural antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory and these properties of neem make it an effective remedy for skin rashes.
Neem powder can also be used for the treatment of different skin conditions and can be added to a lukewarm bath. A water-based mixture of neem is also used by applying on irritated skin. This paste can be applied to the rash, left on for a few minutes, and washed off.
The use of unscented talcum powder can help to absorb excessive sweating. Mostly the scent based powders can cause irritation to sensitive or irritated skin. You can apply a little powder in skin folds of the babies which are likely to prone to swear. Adults can also use powder to coat the skin like your underarms, backs of your knees, and inner thighs.
Epsom salt has many health care properties and can be used to treat skin rashes or allergies. Mixing Epsom salt in bathtubs and soaking bodies in it not only sooth rashes but also help to release muscle strain and affected for adults too.
Precautions are needed, as if babies swallow the salt-based water, it can damage their health.
A common ingredient of our pantry named Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate can soothe itchy skin. This makes it a great home remedy for baby heat rash and other itchy skin conditions.
Baking soda is used in the same way as Epsom salt by adding it into water baths and soaking bodies in it. The best results can be achieved by keeping bodies in baking soda based bath for around 15 to 20 minutes.
Using home remedies for a regular heat rash is accepted, however, one should not use any medication or creams especially on babies. In case the rash or blisters are spread on the larger area or are not cured by the simple home remedies, never use medication without any prescription.