Rash on Toddlers Face

By Ashley | February 24, 2010
Rash On Toddlers Face

A rash refers to a sudden change in the texture, appearance or color of the skin and may be accompanied by an itching or burning sensation. A toddler’s face is the most exposed part of the body and rash on the face is a common occurrence. Being delicate, exposure to the harmful rays of the sun can give the skin a reddish hue due to sunburn and may result in a rash. Dryness, heat, cradle cap and allergic reactions may be other reasons for toddler rash appearing on the face. Most toddlers develop a rash around the mouth and chin due to the use of pacifiers, drooling or the friction caused by rubbing the face on fabric. If smeared food is not washed away immediately, it may also be cause for the appearance of facial rashes. Small red boils could be due to insect bites. A toddler’s skin is delicate and their immunity is generally low. This makes a toddler prone to various infections that include rashes caused by microbial infections. In children who are not vaccinated, small, reddish water boils appear in the case of viral infections like measles and chicken pox as well, but are usually seen all over the body. Facial rashes are generally not harmful. If the child seems ok with it, you may not need to visit a pediatrician. However, if the rash persists, consulting a pediatrician is always recommended so as to rule out any serious problems.

Basic hygiene is essential to keep away rashes. Keeping the skin clean at all times is recommended so as to prevent the accumulation of dirt and germs that may affect the skin adversely. Avoid using strongly perfumed baby products as they have a high chemical content that is obviously not good, especially on a baby’s fragile skin. Rubbing the face with a towel should also be avoided. Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight should also be avoided. If the baby has dry skin, keeping the skin moisturized at all times is recommended. Smearing the baby’s face with pure coconut oil is suggested as coconut oil has the ability to heal skin damage and keep skin soft and nourished. Water is one of the best remedies for the treatment of various skin ailments. Water helps to flush out impurities from the body and ensures that the skin remains healthy and hydrated. Foods rich in vitamin C are also recommended as they help in building immunity and healing skin damage.

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