Medicines That May Cause a Rash in Children

Children react to medicines in different ways. Some kids may get a rash from medicines that include:

If your child gets a rash after starting a new medicine, schedule a visit with the pediatrician. It's important that the rash is assessed - and that if it is a result of the medication, it becomes part of your child's medical record. 

The doctor may suggest giving your child an antihistamine such as diphenhydramine. If your child gets a rash from a non-prescription medicine, stop giving it immediately. Call your doctor if you need suggestions for a different drug.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Renee A. Alli, MD on June 13, 2017

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