Your baby has delicate skin. The hot weather can cause babies to get prickly heat, a common skin condition. This is a rash on the skin characterized by small and itchy bumps or blisters which takes place in areas of fitted clothing such as the chest, stomach, neck, crotch, buttocks and even the forehead or scalp that can heat up if your baby has head gear on. It takes place when the child starts to sweat profusely and the clogged pores do not allow sweat to be released. It is more common in the summer, but can even take place in winters when parents dress up their child too warmly with too many clothes or if the baby is running a fever.
Here are some ways to get rid of the rashes:
- Place your baby in a cool place.
- Parents need to remove or loosen the clothes of the baby and take him or her in a cool and air conditioned room which is devoid of harsh sunlight.
- The baby needs to be washed with some cool water to remove oil and sweat from his or her body.
- Slightly wet clothes can be used to cool down the overheated body of the child.
- The skin of the baby needs to be dry.
- After the baby has been thoroughly washed and cleaned, he or she should be put in a manner where the fan can dry him or her or left for a while to dry on their own.
- Parents should not use towels or cloths to wipe the baby.
- They should not apply any cream or ointment on the affected areas unless told by the physician.
- The baby can be allowed to be without clothes or maximum have loose clothes on him on her.
- This will allow the baby to feel fresh and comfortable.
- Another very important thing for parents to realize is that the child can start scratching themselves. For this, it very important to keep their nails short and trimmed and cover their hands with little socks during sleep time.
- Parents should use creams that are safe and appropriate only for babies. This makes a huge difference in treating baby rash.
- The delicate skin of the baby requires parents to use gentle cleansers instead of harsh soaps.
- Parents need to exercise caution when bathing and dressing up their little ones.
- They need to be careful not to rub or scratch the baby and softly dry the baby with a towel that does not act as an abrasive on the skin of the child.
- Lastly when the baby has a heat rash, it is important to keep him or her hydrated by giving lots of fluids.