Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Heat Rash

Heat rash takes the form of tiny blisters which appear in newborn babies. It's often caused by the sweat glands which are not fully developed in babies, and can become blocked if the baby is too hot. This is why heat rash is commonly seen in newborn babies during summer. It may also appear during a fever, or simply when a baby has been overdressed.

It takes the form of pinkish blebs or small blisters which usually appear over the face, neck and in skin folds, especially in the nappy area. If infected, they may become pus-filled, and you should seek medical advice.

You can help by giving your child a luke warm bath, dressing them in light cotton clothing. The rash should disappear in two to three days. If your baby is scratching the spots, speak to your doctor or child health nurse about which creams may help.

Warning: Seek medical attention if

  • the spots become inflamed or pus-filled (yellow or green). This means that they have become infected, and need treatment
  • the rash lasts more than two to three days
  • in addition to having a rash, your baby is generally unwell, has a fever or is not feeding well
  • you are concerned