Rashes

Rashes

Children's rashes are a common concern for parents and caregivers, often causing worry and uncertainty. While many rashes are harmless and resolve on their own, others may indicate underlying medical conditions requiring attention. It’s important to understand when your child is dealing with a rash and know what could be causing their rash so that they can get the treatment they need. Identifying a rash is also important because some rashes are contagious, and your child may need medication to ensure it doesn’t spread to others.

Understanding Rashes and Your Child

There are different types of rashes that your child might deal with. Common causes of rashes include:

  • Viral Infections: Many childhood rashes are caused by viral infections, such as the common cold, chickenpox, and measles.
  • Bacterial Infections: Bacterial infections can also cause skin rashes in children, often characterized by redness, swelling, and sometimes pus-filled lesions.
  • Allergic Reactions: Allergies to foods, medications, plants, or other substances can trigger allergic reactions in children, resulting in hives, eczema, or contact dermatitis.
  • Environmental Factors: Exposure to irritants, such as harsh soaps, detergents, or chemicals, can irritate the skin and lead to rashes, redness, or itching.
  • Insect Bites or Stings: Bites or stings from insects, such as mosquitoes, bees, or ants, can cause localized skin reactions, including redness, swelling, and itching.

Common signs of rashes can include redness, raised bumps or blisters, itching, swelling, and fever. Rashes may spread throughout your child’s body and it’s important to be able to stop the spread quickly.

In some cases, rashes can be treated with cool compresses and gentle skincare products. You may also need over-the-counter antihistamines and corticosteroids to relieve itching and inflammation. With severe rashes, your child might need antibiotics or antifungals.

Contact Our Pediatrician Today

Make sure you understand what to do when your child is dealing with a rash. Contact Dr. John Vann, Dr. Tricia Schmit, and Nurse Practitioner, Nicholle Bruhn at Omaha Childrens Clinic in Omaha, NE, at (402) 330-5690 to learn about rashes and how to help your child deal with one.

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