Heat rash can be a miserable experience for your baby. While it’s best to prevent it, most cases are easily treated if your baby does develop it.
Here are a few things you should know about preventing and treating heat rash.
1. Blocked Sweat Ducts
Heat rash often occurs on baby where his or her clothing is tight against the skin. This is because sweat ducts become blocked and swelling occurs, then the clothes continue to irritate the area.
2. Too Much Clothing
Babies need to be dressed similarly to how you are dressed. Sometimes heat rash can be caused by the baby being too hot or from humid climates. This is not always the case, however. Heat rash can happen at any time of the year.
3. Could Be Friction
The friction of clothing on the skin could also create this kind of rash. Choosing soft, gentle clothing can reduce the risk of the baby developing an itchy rash. Also, choose natural fabrics like cotton that let the skin breathe. The friction of skin-on-skin could also cause heat rash if your baby develops skin folds.
4. Medical Help Needed If Fever Develops
Baby heat rash rarely requires medical attention, unless a fever develops.
“But if it doesn’t go away after 3 or 4 days, or if it appears to be getting worse, or if your child develops a fever, contact your doctor right away.” WebMD
5. Tumbler Test To Indicate Something More Serious
“If you are worried about the rash, perform the “tumbler test” by pressing a glass onto the rash. If the rash does not disappear with pressure, seek urgent medical help.” Mom365
6. Severe Rash Can Lead to Infection
A hear rash may be annoying and uncomfortable but is typically not too serious in the early stages. However, if it becomes more severe and raw, a rash can get infected leading to pus, fever, and swollen lymph nodes. If you see any of these symptoms, it’s definitely time to see your pediatrician.
7. Let Baby Air Dry
Lotions can actually irritate baby’s skin further. So can towels. After washing your baby, allow them to air dry. Keep skin as dry and cool as possible while the heat rash heals.
Visit Healthline for more information about baby heat rash here.
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