Heat rash is a very common condition with babies, and is more prevalent in hot summer months. It is also commoner in humid weather, when moisture in the atmosphere becomes an added irritant.
Heat Rash on Baby’s Face and Neck
It is common on the face, and in the folds of the neck. It can encompass any part of the neck, and may spread to the trunk or limbs.
It occurs as a fine sheet of pimples, these are very irritable and baby may tend to rub at them. But this does not give any relief, it tends only to aggravate the situation.
Often the condition is made worse by certain fabrics rubbing. Wool, or harsh materials, will irritate the affected areas. Certain soaps or harsh washing products (which may still remain in materials coming into contact with the skin) can aggravate.
Avoid irritating clothing. (A mother will soon know the type of material which seems to aggravate baby most.) Plastic pants can prevent adequate aeration, and are best not used during hot weather.
Avoiding the over use of soaps (which are often harsh in nature and irritating to sensitive skins) is advisable. Applying any of the simple soothing creams and lotions will give a certain amount of relief from irritation or itch. But basically, the condition will be cured if causes are avoided.
Heat Exhaustion and Babies
Heat waves can easily cause heat exhaustion in very young children.
When heat waves are predicted, mothers should take immediate precautions to ensure that their babies are safe from heat exhaustion.
Medical experts advise large doses of fluids for babies, to replace the fluid they lose as perspiration. Cooled drinks of boiled water or diluted orange juice at regular intervals will help them replace some of this lost fluid.
Usually, the baby’s heat regulating center is sufficient to keep body temperature normal. But this becomes impossible in a heat wave.
The following steps will help the baby when temperatures soar:
- Place the baby, in the coolest room in the house. Keep the air moving by making a draft between doors and windows, or by using a fan.
- Keep the baby as cool as possible. Sponge him as often as necessary, but don’t handle him too much.
- Dress the infant in few clothes – napkin and singlet, and make sure that they are loose so air can circulate around his body and aid evaporation.
- Don’t dress him in nylon or other synthetics during a heat wave.
Sick babies are more liable to develop heat exhaustion than normal healthy babies. So, if an ill baby’s condition becomes worse, or if your baby shows signs of heat exhaustion, call your doctor immediately.
People also ask
1. My 10-month-old baby often gets fiery red heat rash.
Heat rashes in little ones usually go away with or without treatment. Cooling the system is all that’s needed. A lukewarm bath is often successful. But if it keeps recurring it may be more than the simple rash you believe.
Allergies are common in all age groups. Allergy to wool, food, various garments, even the minute pollen particles in the air can rapidly stir up rashes in sensitive people. Babies are no exception. Proper treatment (with antihistamines prescribed by the physician) often cures promptly.
2. My baby often develops a severe diaper rash. What is an effective cure?
An unrestricted kick in the morning sunshine with no clothes is great. (Best just after the morning bath.) Make sure you change wet diapers as soon as possible. Urine rapidly decomposes. The harsh ammonia plays havoc with tender baby skin. A simple zinc cream (preferably containing a dash of tar) often works wonders. Cleanse the area with cotton wool dipped in liquid paraffin before reapplying the cream each time.