Toddler and infant both have same rash?

(April 19, 2010)

A change in the texture, color or appearance of the skin is termed as a rash. Depending on the cause, different rashes have different symptoms. Some types of rashes may cause the skin to become dry, itchy and cracked while others may result in swelling and pain. At times, the skin may break out into blisters as well. Since you have not mentioned any details of the rash, it is difficult to discuss the most probable cause of the rash.  

In the case of toddlers, rashes are very common as toddlers have delicate skin and their immune systems are still in the developing phase. Prickly heat or heat rash is very common in countries that have a hot and humid climate. Since toddlers have underdeveloped sweat glands, they often get blocked by dead skin cells and dirt. This results in the development of patches of small blisters on the skin, commonly seen on the face and the neck. This form of rash also develops in the folds of the skin or areas that are prone to friction. The rash causes an uncomfortable, itchy feeling or a pricking sensation similar to that left behind by pins and needles. If left untreated, heat rash has the ability to interfere with the natural heat-regulating system of the body leading to fever or heat exhaustion. Hence, keeping your toddlers indoors, in hot weather is recommended. In such cases, cold showers and the use of antibacterial soaps and light cotton clothing are advisable. Encourage your children to drink plenty of water so as to prevent dehydration and to regulate body temperature.

Other common causes of toddler rashes are the use of highly perfumed or colored baby products, owing to the chemical content needed for the same. Some babies have the ability to tolerate these chemicals but many cannot, thus leading to the formation of rash. Certain fibers can also cause an allergic reaction. At times, detergents and fabric conditioners can also affect a toddler’s delicate skin. Some foods and beverages could also be responsible for the discomfort. These allergens normally lead to the formation of hives.

Skin rash could also be the result of certain microbial infections like chickenpox, measles and smallpox. These are highly contagious diseases that could have easily passed on from one toddler to the other. Consulting a pediatrician at the earliest is recommended to ascertain the cause of the rash. Treatment can be recommended accordingly.   

Submitted by N on April 19, 2010 at 05:14

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