Rashes in Children Directory
Skin rashes are common in children, but most are usually not harmful. A rash can be caused by an allergic reaction, viral illness, or a medical problem that affects the skin. Common types of rashes in children include diaper rash, a skin condition called eczema, baby dandruff called cradle cap, and infections such as roseola and fifth disease. Some rashes, however, can be caused by life-threatening diseases such as meningitis. Call the doctor if your child has a rash with a fever or breathing problems, if the rash covers a large part of the body, or if it looks like it hurts or is infected. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about rashes in children, how they develop, what they look like, when to worry, and much more.
Skin Rashes in Children Treatment
WebMD explains various skin rashes that affect children and how they are treated.
Childhood Skin Problems
WebMD explains the symptoms, causes, and treatments for a number of skin conditions seen in young children, including cradle cap, roseola, and fifth disease.
Treating Skin Rashes in Children
Rashes can be common in children. WebMD explains how to treat a rash and when to call the doctor.
Yeast Infection Skin Rash Treatment
Candidiasis is by far the most common type of yeast infections in human skin. Candidiasis is infection with Candida species. More than 20 species of Candida exist. The most common ...
Protect Your Child’s Skin From Irritants
Get expert tips on how to protect your child’s skin from common skin irritants.
Baby Skin Care: Q&A With Jeremy F. Shapiro, MD
What are the most common baby skin care problems? How can you care for diaper rash? Our expert answers these questions and more.
Serious Symptoms in Children: Signs not to Be Ignored
Wondering if your child’s condition is serious or not? WebMD discusses the possible signs of a serious health problem and what to do in case of a health emergency.
Surprising Household Irritants
Did you know that many substances you come in contact with every day can cause itchy skin and rashes? Read about surprising household irritants that may affect your skin.
Diapering Delicate Areas
All the facts new moms and dads need to know to cope with newborn umbilical cords and newly circumcised baby boys.
Baby Skin Conditions
Any bump or rash on a baby's skin can be a source of concern for new parents.
Battling Diaper Rash
From prevention to treatment, all the facts on the diaper rash.
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: A Visual Guide to Eczema
Could that itchy, scaly, crusty rash be eczema? See the symptoms of this irritating skin condition, and find out how it’s treated.
Slideshow: Scabies Symptoms, Cause, and Treatments
See scabies skin rashes, symptoms (night itching), treatments, and home care. Pictures show the itch mite, how it spreads, who gets scabies, and how to get rid of it.
Slideshow: 10 Common Symptoms in Infants and Young Toddlers
See signs of childhood illnesses, including fever, nausea, and constipation. Find common symptoms and home treatment for your baby and toddler.
Picture of Erythema Infectiosum
Erythema infectiosum (fifth disease). Erythema infectiosum is a mild childhood disease that is caused by human parvovirus B19. This condition develops after a mean incubation period of 14 days. There are few if any prodromal symptoms. The rash evolves in three clinical stages. The first stage is characterized by the abrupt appearance of a bright-red malar blush. The appearance is so startling that it has been given the suggestive description of “slapped cheeks”. During the second stage, the facial rash begins to fade, and a maculopapular, urticarial, or morbilliform exanthem develops on the extremities and trunk. Pruritus may be present.