A common fear that many new parents share is worrying about small things that their newborn does that they are not sure is common. One thing, in particular, is the worries surrounding the health of their child. Fortunately, with the rise in online services, there are plenty of guides available which can offer advice on how to look after your unwell child.
Whilst it is perfectly normal to be concerned over the wellbeing of their little one, whether it be a runny nose or a nasty cough, something that can cause slight worry is that of rashes that may break out on their skin. However, if it is more than just a rash, especially if the rash does not face when a glass is pressed against it, then seek medical advice.
Being able to differentiate what bumps and rashes mean can be tricky, so here is a list of some of the most common rashes, and their symptoms.
Little Spots That Turn To Blisters
Chickenpox, or varicella-zoster virus, is a common condition that primarily affects children. The main symptoms are a collection of red spots that can appear anywhere on the body. The contagious virus can spread through droplets in the air from coughing or sneezing, or even through saliva (spit). Additionally, chickenpox is contagious from about two days before the rash appears, up until all of the blisters have crusted over.
Raised and Itchy
Hives appear as a raised, itchy rash that can be caused by an allergic reaction to factors such as food, medicine and stings. Although a hives breakout tends to clear up within a day or two, seeking medical advice is advised if the type of rash keeps occurring. It might just be that they are allergic to something. Hives can be preventable if you are aware of what causes them to appear.
Within a month after their birth, baby acne can appear on the face of a newborn. For some babies, it might also appear on their upper back or their neck. Whilst it does clear up after some time, either a few weeks, sometimes months, some home remedies include washing their face with warm water and mild baby soap – even a mild moisturiser can help. Also, when drying them after a bath, gently pat your baby’s skin dry to avoid irritation.
If there are red patches on or around your child’s bottom within the nappy area, it could a nappy rash. Not only can the skin look sore and feel hot, but there may also be a few spots or blisters. Fortunately for the little ones, most cases of mild nappy rash can clear up in a few days with the help of at-home treatments such as rinsing the skin with warm water or use unscented, alcohol-free wipes, also before putting a new nappy on, apply a thin layer of cream to create a barrier between the nappy and the skin.
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Lucy Hudson is a lifestyle writer who loves to share her knowledge and tips for savvy parents looking to save themselves time, effort, and money.