A baby’s skin is highly sensitive, and it is irritated with greater ease and rapidness by any form of skin-distress. The chief reason for rashes in infants is what is known as diaper rash. The dampness and humidity of the diapered area, combined with possible traces of excrement and urine – these come together to produce a redness which sometimes resembles inflammation.
When I diapered my kids, I always used a nice amount of cream on their butt. The rash can make things a lot more difficult, and since this is one which can usually be avoided – try not to skimp on the cream. Also, whenever possible, insist on a daily bath, even if only a quick rinse with the shower head. Generally speaking, you need to be washing not only your baby but yourself every day. It’s important to wash yourself and do the things that make you a clean person. You have to embrace your cleanliness and make sure that you stay hygienic.
Roseola is another rash which is very common with infants up to two years of age. Roseola is a virus which is characterized by a few days of intense fever, followed by a rash which covers a lot of the body as the fever goes away. Once the fever is gone, the child is no longer contagious. When my first kid got roseola, I called my mother and she guessed it right away. I had no idea the disease even existed. Live and learn, right? That’s parenthood for you. Sometimes you have to do a little trial and error before you find the best way to care for your child , but in doing so you want to make sure that it’s not fatal.
Infants may also develop hives, eczema, and hand, foot, and mouth disease. These can be brought on by common viruses, such as the cold or flu virus de jour, and by other, more “exotic” enemies. Allergic reactions are another classic catalyst for a rash, so be on top of anything out of the ordinary. If necessary, perform a patch test. Better to zero in on these things early.
So, there is a rash, but when do you call the doctor? First, get some help if the rash is only one of several symptoms – if there is also fever, vomiting, diarrhea, breathing difficulties, or other signs of physical distress, make an appointment.
If there are no other symptoms, give it a day or two, and monitor it. If it is confined to the diaper area, use diaper cream. If the rash spreads, gets significantly worse, or starts to produce blisters / other skin disorders – get in touch with your doctor. Sometimes it can be daunting as a new parent to make calls and appointments when you might just be overreacting. That shouldn’t be a reason not to go ahead and call a doctor if you think anything looks out of place with your new child.
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