Rash, Age 11 and Younger - Home Treatment
Most rashes will go away without
medical treatment. Home treatment can often relieve pain and itching until the
rash goes away.
If your child has come in contact with a substance
that may cause
contact dermatitis, such as
poison ivy, immediately wash the area with large
amounts of water.
Once a rash has developed, leave it alone as much
- Use soap and water sparingly.
the rash exposed to the air whenever possible.
- Encourage your child
not to scratch the rash.
If your child has a rash, he or she should not be in contact
with other children or pregnant women. Most viral rashes are contagious,
especially if a fever is present.
Relief from itching
Itching with a rash is generally
not serious, but it can be annoying and may make a rash more likely to become
infected. Rashes caused by
eczema, or contact dermatitis are much more likely to
itch. Sometimes itching can get worse by scratching.
may help the itching.
- Keep your child's fingernails clean and short,
and encourage him or her not to scratch. Cover your baby's hands with socks to
help keep him or her from scratching.
- Keep your child out of the
sun and in a cool place. Heat makes itching worse.
- Keep the itchy
area cool and wet if your child is older than age 9 months. Put cloths soaked
in ice water on the rash a few times a day. Too much wetting and drying will
dry the skin, which can increase itching. Do not put
cloths soaked in ice water on the skin of a baby younger than 9 months. It may
cause the baby's body temperature to go down.
- Try an oatmeal bath
to help relieve itching. Wrap 1 cup of oatmeal
in a cotton cloth or sock, and boil it as you would to cook it. Allow it to cool
to room temperature, and then use it as a sponge while bathing your child in
cool water without soap. You can also buy a product at the store, such as
Aveeno Colloidal Oatmeal bath.
- Dress your child
in cotton clothing. Do not use wool and synthetic fabrics next to the
- Use gentle soaps, such as Basis, Cetaphil, Dove, or Oil of
Olay, and use as little soap as possible. Do not use deodorant soaps on your
- Wash your child's clothes with a mild soap, such as
CheerFree or Ecover, rather than a detergent. Rinse twice to remove all traces
of the soap. Do not use strong detergents.
- Do not let
the skin become too dry, which can make itching worse.