When Michele Ramian's son was one year old, her family traveled to the Dominican Republic for small R&D. "He developed a rash from heat on day one and eventually we had to stay out of heat for most of the vacation," says Remain.
What causes a baby's rash?
Ramine, who is also a clinical associate professor at the Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary, says that although staying at home was also good sun protection, it wasn't really what she was planning for a tropical vacation. But rash is extremely common in infants, and anything that prevents the skin from breathing - being exposed to excessive heat and moisture to over-dressing and shaking too many layers to apply too much cream - can cause the condition. Although children and older adults can experience a rash (also called a milaria), Remain says this is mostly common in newborns because their sweat glands are not fully mature.
Parents are often worried when they first experience a rash from heat because it can look quite red and pesky if the sweat glands are completely blocked, but they can also be mild and present with small, clear bumps. "It can look like little sweat drops under the skin," says Julia Orkin, a pediatrician at the Toronto Children's Hospital, and chair of the Pediatric Community Committee in Canada. "These bumps usually appear in areas where babies sweat the most, like Forehead, neck, Shoulders and chest. "You can know about rash from other skin conditions because it's always related to heat or sweating, Remain adds. Often, rash is the only symptom, but if your baby has a prickly brown (a common type of rash), the skin may also be red and itchy because it's blocked. Deeper in the sweat glands and skin around the pores is more irritating.
"Rash from fever is a relatively benign condition that should never make the baby feel unwell," says Ramine. However, in rare cases it may develop into more serious bacterial infection. You should contact your doctor if your baby is in pain, fever, or has a bumpy discharge. In most cases, you can treat heat bloom at home and it will become clear within a few days. If it has not exploded or if you are worried about it, check with your doctor
Heat and humidity can make the rash worse, so lower the temperature in a notch or two or put your baby in a room with a fan or air conditioning to help calm down.
Give your baby a lukewarm bath. It should be a "fridge" but will still be comfortable for your child. Ramine recommends skipping the soap and simply using water to avoid pore obstruction. Let your baby dry in the air instead of rubbing the skin with a towel.
Whenever possible, allow your baby to go au naturel for a while and wear lightweight and relaxed clothing. "Natural fibers, such as cotton and hemp, are usually very light and breathable," says Ramine.
While it may be tempting to apply soothing cream to your baby's skin, it's better to resist the urge. Cool compresses can help relieve the itch associated with prickly heat, but you should check with your doctor before applying lotions and lotions to the affected areas.