Monday, June 27, 2011

Hot Tips on Heat Rash

Summer is here! And as it gets warmer, it's important to be aware of your baby's temperature and make sure that he or she is not getting heat rash. Humidity presents a higher risk for heat rash.

Heat rashes occur when sweat glands are plugged because a baby is too hot. Heat rash is distinguished by small red bumps typically found on the chest, face, and neck areas. Sometimes they will also get tiny blisters. Babies should be warm, but not sweating. Rashes can come and go quickly without treatment.
What to do:
  • Dress your baby in lightweight fabrics, especially cotton, to keep them cool.
  • Do not use creams or oils on them, as they block pores more and keep skin warmer.
  • Bathe your baby in cool to war water. Add 1/4 cup baking soda in the water, but do not use soap, and pat the baby dry. 
  • Do not wrap your a blanket or overdress them.
  • Use air conditioning if possible. If not, use a fan far enough away that a light breeze reaches the baby to help evaporate moisture.
If you're concerned, here's when you should call your medical provider: 
  • If there is puss or water in the rash, or if it spreads over the baby's whole body.
  • If the baby has a fever, or seems very sick.
  • If the rash persists for more than one week. 
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