Several childhood diseases that cause a
rash can be prevented through immunization. Immunizations help your child's
immune system recognize and quickly attack a virus
before it can cause a serious illness. Immunizations for chickenpox and for
measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) can prevent these common rash-causing
illnesses. For more information, see the topic
Other tips for preventing
rashes include the following:
- Dress your baby in as few clothes as possible
during hot weather.
- Breast-feed your child for at least the first 6
months, especially if either parent has a history of any allergy, including hay
fever. Breast-fed children may develop fewer food allergies than those who are
- Do not bathe your child too often to prevent dry
skin. Most children do not need daily bathing. Children with very dry skin may
do better if they bath once or twice a week.