Hello Doc, As a new Mum,I would like to know what causes constant rashes on my baby’s body. After several medications and doctor’s assessment. It kept re-occurring every month. Some say its reaction for teething. Kindly throw more light on this. Thank you!
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There are several causes of skin rashes in children depend on age and duration of the rashes. The symptoms may be quite uncomfortable, chronic lasting more than 1-2 weeks, or recurrent, coming and going several times over weeks to months and can cause challenges.
These may be
(A) DIAPER RASHES which occurs when an infant’s sensitive skin is exposed to urine and stool, coupled with the diaper rubbing on the skin, a tight-fitting diaper,
or a diaper being left on too long
(1) Frequent changing of diaper will help keep the area clean and dry
(2)Cleaning the diaper area, using diaper wipes
(3)Applying cream with zinc oxide based to the diaper area will help reduce friction and skin contact with urine and stool.
(4)Allow your baby to have “naked time,” where he or she is free from the diaper, to reduce the amount of time the skin is in contact with diapers.
(B) CONTACT DERMATITIS may occur anywhere on the body but exposed areas such as the arms, legs, and face are most often affected.
Scaly red-to-pink sheets of skin (plaques) and blisters may appear on the baby’s body
(1)Avoid whatever is triggering the dermatitis.
(2)Apply cool water compresses to cleanse the area, and then apply 0.5–1% hydrocortisone cream twice daily OR apply Calamine lotion
(3) Oral antihistamines :
Chlorpheniramine or diphenhydramine) may be good help to reduce the itching.
(5)Topical steroids may be prescribed by your Physician
© ATOPIC DERMATITIS which is an intensely itchy rash that appears as dry skin.Associates with intense itching which made it worse by scratching.
This condition runs in families and often occurs along with asthma and hay fever.So, it is not contagious.
(1)Use non-soap cleansers or moisturizing soaps
(2)Apply moisturizers such as petroleum jelly (such as Vaseline ) to damp skin after daily bathing.
(3)Reduce exposure to heat, humidity, detergents, abrasive clothing, and chemicals.
(4)Treat areas with redness and itching with hydrocortisone cream 0.5–1%, twice daily.
(5)Antibiotic coverage to prevent superimposed bacteria
Other cause include:
Infectation with mites which can cause a longstanding itchy skin rash e. g scabies
Above all, it is important to consult your doctor.
Wow! Thank you very much Sir. This should be helpful…