When your children experience any kind of discomfort, it can be a difficult thing for a parent to deal with, and can seem incredibly overwhelming. An unidentified rash is oftentimes unnerving for most parents to consider, but some child skin problems are actually more common than you may think, and often easier to treat than we realize.
Check out these five common skin rashes in children, and what you can do about each of them to make sure they don’t heavily impact your child, or get worse.
Perhaps one of the most common, and one of the most talked about skin rashes for children is ringworm. Contrary to popular belief, ringworm doesn’t actually come from a worm, or insect at all. Ringworm is actually a fungus transferred from skin to skin that eats things like nail tissue and dead skin – while not exactly the most pleasant image, it’s a relatively harmless rash if treated quickly.
It can be recognized as a red, scaly ring that is uncomfortable and itchy. Typically, ringworm can be treated by a topical antibiotic from your doctor.
Impetigo is actually caused by bacteria getting into the skin, and giving off the appearance of deep, blistering sores. It can be spread through direct contact, or through items such as toys, clothing, towels, etc., making it even more common for children who play sports or are around others quite often. The sores from impetigo can actually break open, causing it to spread quickly.
Again, aside from the discomfort and unsightliness of the rash, it can be relatively harmless when treated right away by a topical antibiotic cream or ointment.
Eczema can be just as prominent as adults as it is in children, but when we see this type of rash on our children, it can be unnerving, at best. Eczema doesn’t necessarily have an exact cause, but is typically found in children who have sensitive skin or a sensitive immune system, or in children who have additional allergies and skin conditions. It can be recognized as a ‘raised’ sort of red rash, with itchy, bumpy, and peeling skin.
Eczema in children can be treated with topical ointments, etc., but in many cases children with eczema will grow out of it, or it will just naturally reduce in appearance over time.
Heat rash can be uncomfortable and unsightly on anyone, but especially for children. In reality, heat rash is caused by nothing more than closed off sweat ducts, preventing the body from effectively cooling itself and allowing the heat to escape.
Heat rash appears as small red ‘pimples’ all over the skin, and happens when a baby or child gets too hot. However, it can be treated with an aloe vera lotion, and will likely go away on its own in a short amount of time.
Many kids and adults alike deal with warts all the time. While they are not serious or harmful in any way, they can be unsightly, and embarrassing for the person who has them. The problem is, warts are easily spread from person to person, so the best way to avoid them is to make sure your child doesn’t touch toys, etc., used by a person with warts, if you can help it.
Most warts will naturally go away on their own over time, but there are topical ointments that can speed up the process. Most warts are found on fingers and toes, so if you notice the small growths on your child, don’t worry! They will disappear soon enough.
As always, if you have any questions about the appearance of a rash on your baby or child, make sure to consult your pediatrician.