What’s that red spot? Things to know about rashes and your child

July 23, 2018
  • By Mary Caldwell
  • For the AJC

Childhood rashes are extremely common and in most cases, they're not serious. It can be worrying though to see hives, welts or other types of rash on your child's skin and you may be confused about what's causing the issue.

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The following guide will help you understand the causes of rashes and to know when you should be concerned enough to call the pediatrician:

What causes rashes?

Rashes can be caused by a lot of different things. They include the following, according to AskDrSears:

When should you call the pediatrician?

WebMD recommends calling your child's pediatrician if any of the following apply to your child:

How can you provide relief?

You can give oral antihistamines (like Children's Benadryl) before bedtime to help decrease the itch and rash, according to Parents. You can also give your child a cool bath with oatmeal to ease the itch and apply calamine lotion afterward.

Since it can be difficult to determine the cause of your child's rash, if you have any doubts, call your pediatrician. Be prepared to answer questions about whether your child has a fever or other symptoms and whether he or she has come into contact with a new substance that could be causing irritation.