Small environmental changes can give significant impact to your baby since an infant hasn’t develop well-established body system. Changes in noise level, humidity, lighting, and temperature can make your baby feel uncomfortable while you don’t even notice about it. These changes usually affect the most sensitive area of your baby such as skin. One of the most common illness caused by the changes is heat rash symptoms.
What is a heat rash?
Heat rash or miliaria is commonly found in toddlers especially when the surrounding temperature rises. This symptom can be identified through small bumps or tiny blisters formed in your baby skin along with patches of red, itchy skin. According to an article written by Sydney Loney in todaysparent.com, heat rash can look like small droplets of sweat under your baby skin which usually appears in the area where baby swat most like forehead, neck, shoulders, or chest and it may also be red and itchy.
Heat rash symptoms are different from eczema or cradle cap. Eczema usually cause flaking in the skin and feel rough while cradle cap only happened in head and forehead. The three have different way to cure so make sure to correctly identify the symptom and do the treatment accordingly.
What causes heat rash?
As the name suggest, heat rash is generally caused by high temperature which your baby is not yet accustomed to. When we feel excessive heat our body will produce sweat as a natural response to cool down the body temperature and this process is also applied for your baby. A major different between you and your baby is that your baby pores are really causing some sweat to be trapped under the skin. Generally, that is why your baby experienced heat rash.
Treating Heat Rash in Babies
In line with the cause of heat rash shich is excessive heat, the first thing you should do to treat heat rash is to cool down your baby. Make sure your baby doesn’t produce more sweat.
The first thing you might want to check is your baby attire. Parents love to dress their baby in layers and it could cause baby to sweat a lot. Furthermore, some layer might block the sweat to come out from the skin. If you notice your baby is having heat rash, try to remove some layers to reduce sweating.
Another thing to be concern of is the surrounding’s temperature. If you are traveling into a high-temperature area use mini fan to reduce the heat. You can also add a fan in your baby’s room to circulate the air.
A lukewarm bath is also a good idea to treat heat rash on your baby. You can skip the soap to prevent further pores blocking. In a very hot day, air-dry your baby instead of using towel to reduce the heat on your baby.
Applying calamine lotion to the rash can also be helpful. Please make sure that you are not applying it near the eyes. The lotion also helps with itchy feeling and irritation. Before applying the lotion to the affected area, it’s better to consult with your doctor first.
When to be concerned about a rash?
Heat rash is a common issue for babies and generally dissapear after three to four days, but be aware of several conditions that might indicate more serious symptom. If your baby having heat rash along with high fever, it could be a sign of infection because of your baby scratch on the affected area. If the rash is not dissapear after three to four days and getting worse (for example you identified pus on it), you should consult it with your doctor.