As the summer temperatures continue to rise, heat rash, a skin condition that is most common in young children when the weather is hot and humid, will become more common.
What is heat rash?
- Tiny red or pink spots, usually in body areas that tend to be moist, like those covered by clothing or in skin folds
- Sweat glands that become blocked and therefore swell, leading to discomfort and itching
What can you do to prevent and treat heat rash?
- Dress your child in as few clothes as possible when the weather is hot and humid. The clothes your child wears should keep the skin cool and dry.
- In the event of heat rash, remove or loosen clothing and move your child to a cool, shady spot. Then use cool water to remove body oil and sweat. Let the skin air-dry; do not use towels.
- Avoid ointments or other lotions as they may irritate the skin.
To learn more about heat rash, visit WebMD. Happy summer!