Prickly Heat Rash In Babies Treatment

Prickly Heat Rash

Baby heat rash is also called prickly heat rash, is one of the skin rashes that itch or have a prickly sensation, is characterized by the formation of small red bumps sometimes along with fluid filled blisters on the skin, due to the blockage of sweat glands. It is occurred in hot and humid climates, during fever or in case of excessive sweating and is commonly seen among infants.

Prickly heat rash is of two forms. Miliaria crystallina consists of only fluid-filled blisters that pop and might leave scales behind. This form the rash is usually seen on the neck, upper part of the trunk and head. Milliaria Rubra is characterized by the formation of blisters surrounded by tiny red bumps. This form usually occurs on the neck, armpits and groin.

Controlling heat and humidity serves as an effective self care treatment for prickly heat rash. Some ways to alleviate the rash are as follows:

– Seek shade, air conditioned or cool environment for the baby, which will help reduce prickliness and discomfort caused by the rash.

– Remove excessive clothing and dress your baby in loose cotton clothes. Cotton also absorbs dampness from the baby’s skin.

– Dab the affected skin with cool compresses which will alleviate some discomfort.

– Avoid ointments, powders, or creams which only cause more discomfort as they block the pores and tend to keep the skin warmer.

– According to SkinSight, Acetaminophen or ibuprofen can be given to the infant that might help with the fever, if present.

Prickly heat rash is one of the common skin rashes that occurs in infants and is not a serious condition and usually is resolved when the baby is brought to cool environment. But, sometimes when the baby starts scratching the rash, the rash can get infected. Consult the baby’s doctor, who will prescribe antibiotics for the infected areas and medicines to alleviate itching.

Babies can be affected by many other common rashes such as eczema, acute hives, hot tub Folliculitis, which can be formed as rashes on legs, arms, upper body, face and neck. Appropriate prevention methods and self care guidelines are available for each type of rash.