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What causes skin rashes in babies?

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Posted on Sat, 9 May 2015
Question: hi,
I have a son of 8 months old. On his skin small pimples (or rashes) is appearing, only on the exposed portion (that is on backside of neck and just above chest and below neck).
I don't see that rashes/pimples any where else on the body. he is bit cranky also during this time, he needs someone to lift him. Could you please let me know, is that pimples are appearing because of sweating (what we get usually during heavy summer?) or is it because of allergy?

what kind of medication is suggested on this?

thanks,
Lakshmi
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Answered by Dr. Arun (7 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
probably prickly heat

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Thanks for writing to us.
From your description and history it looks like your baby has prickly heat which is very common in summer in kids.
The normal sweat glands overwork and result in a swelling.
This leads to pimples like rash.
Few tips I would suggest to such babies are
1. Don't use any kind of powder.
2. Bathe twice or even thrice daily.
3. Ensure you give plenty of liquids and frequent feeding.
4. Use moist towels to soak his skin frequently.
5. Calamine lotion can be applied to help in soothing rash.

Wishing your child good health.
Regards
Dr Arun
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What causes skin rashes in babies?

Brief Answer: probably prickly heat Detailed Answer: Hi Thanks for writing to us. From your description and history it looks like your baby has prickly heat which is very common in summer in kids. The normal sweat glands overwork and result in a swelling. This leads to pimples like rash. Few tips I would suggest to such babies are 1. Don't use any kind of powder. 2. Bathe twice or even thrice daily. 3. Ensure you give plenty of liquids and frequent feeding. 4. Use moist towels to soak his skin frequently. 5. Calamine lotion can be applied to help in soothing rash. Wishing your child good health. Regards Dr Arun