Kids have sensitive skin and it’s not uncommon for them to develop rashes. Some parents have found that Baby Bibs Can Help Prevent Neck Rashes. Besides baby bibs, there are other ways that parents can help prevent rashes on their kids or treat rashes when they occur. There are different kinds of rashes and it helps to know how to spot them and understand the difference
Heat Neck Rash
Heat rash is, like the name implies, caused by heat. It occurs mostly in babies and young toddlers. Heat rashes happen when the sweat gland and pores are blocked and so sweat or precipitation can’t leave through the pores. Heat rashes usually look like small red bumps or blisters when they are scratched. They occur in areas of the skin that folds and so has little air coming in. So the armpits, inner things, neck, back of the neck, the bum etc. Heat rash can be prevented by keeping babies and kids cool at all times. When the weather is really hot, keep babies in air-conditioned rooms or rooms with fans. If the baby is sweating, clean it off and wash it out and pat dry. For babies keep the skin bare for some hours in the day so it can come in contact with cool air. Do not apply skin ointments at all times.
Eczema presents as patches of dry and scaly skin that gets worse when there is low humidity. They tend to occur more frequently during the winter months because of the drop in humidity. The best treatment for eczema is to apply ointment and creams once or twice a day, or as needed. Also, trim your child’s nails so they don’t scratch the infected area and make it worse. Wash clothes in natural detergents free of artificial coloring, dyes, and perfumes. Also, talk to a doctor or dermatologist to get prescribed creams that would heal the infection faster, keep symptoms under control and speed up healing.
There are many insects that could cause insect bite rash – bees, mosquitos, wasps, ticks, ants etc. Insects bite not only itch but they can sting. Some, like bees, could also lead to an allergic reaction. This kind of allergic reaction is called anaphylaxis. It is very severe and can be fatal. It is important to have anaphylaxis emergency care plan in place for kids who are known to have this allergy. To prevent insect bits, parents should not let their kids wear scented soaps and perfumes when they are going to spend time outdoors. Do not hang around parks that have stagnant bodies of water or areas that are known to have bees.
Parents should use insect repellant to prevent insects from coming around. If a bite or sting occurs, relieve itching by cleaning the skin area, apply an ice pack or ointment. For extreme cases, contact your doctor or drive your child to the emergency room. If you are going camping or if you’re going to be spending a long time outdoors, get insect protection creams and sprays and rub it all over the kids’ skin. Get mosquito nets for camping and if you’re going hiking make sure the path is not known to be one with bees or wasps.
Poison Ivy Rashes
Poison Ivy rashes sound scary. No one wants to find out that their baby came in contact with anything that has the word poison in its name. It occurs when a kids skin comes in contact with plants like poison ivy, poison oak, or any other poison plant. It leads to an allergic reaction on the skin and could manifest as redness, swelling, and itching. It can sometimes lead to blisters and scarring.
The first step to treating poison ivy rashes is prevention. It’s more likely to occur in toddlers who can run around, explore and play. Parents should teach kids what these poisonous plants look like. Poison ivy and poison oak have shiny green leaves that grow three to a stem. SHow kids pictures of poisonous plants and warn them to not touch them if seen and stay away.
When you go to a new park, inspect the areas and the surrounding bushes. If kids come in contact with poison ivy or other similar plants, get them out of their clothes and wash the are of the skin that was infected or give them a complete bath to be sure. Wash the clothes they were wearing with soap and water, including socks and shoes. Trim the kid’s fingernails to discourage scratching. Scratching can cause further damage to the skin and even cause permanent or long-lasting scars.
There are different lotions that you can apply that will soothe the rash, reduce itching and prevent scarring. Make sure the ointments you use do not have ingredients that could cause further damage. If you are unsure of what to do, its best to talk to your doctor. Some rashes, if not treated properly, could get worse and could lead to infection or even a fever.