Heat rash, or prickly heat, refers to a pink or red rash that can usually be found on clothes-covered body areas of babies. It happens whenever sweat ducts get blocked and end up swelling. This usually leads to various symptoms of heat rash in babies, such as itching and discomfort. Adults who live in humid and hot climates may also be affected by this sometimes.
Baby heat rash can come about because of well-meaning parents that dress up their baby far too warmly. However, it could come about in babies who live in a hot weather country, in general, as well. Keep in mind that babies’ feet and hands might feel cool sometimes, but this doesn’t necessarily mean they need warmer clothing.
Heat rash looks similar to tiny pimples or dots. In young kids, heat rash might appear on their shoulders, heads or necks. These rashes can get more irritated through scratching or because of clothing and in some cases, another skin infection might develop, too.
Heat rash is identifiable through its appearance and usually doesn’t need any medical attention. But if the symptoms of heat rash don’t vanish after four days or seem to get worse or if the child gets a fever, get in touch with a doctor immediately.
Fortunately, the majority of prickly rashes heal alone. Some steps to relieve these symptoms would be to loosen or remove your baby’s clothing; air-dry his skin instead of putting towels to use; and avoid lotions and ointments that could irritate his skin.
Still, if your child gets a heat rash, it would be essential for you to look for infectious symptoms like increased redness, warmth, pain, or swelling around the rash; red streaks coming from the rash; pus draining from the rash; swollen lymph nodes at the groin, neck, or armpit area; or a fever or chills without any other causes. If some of these symptoms of heat rash in babies show up, make sure you get in touch with a doctor right away.