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.