Infant Skin Rashes
Dry skin and rashes can be common in babies/infants and can develop from a few days old, as their sensitive skin adapts to a different environment. Most rashes are often nothing to worry about and most rashes are harmless and will go away.
Please visit www.nhs.uk/skinrashesinchildren for common causes of rashes in children.
However, if your child has developed a rash and is unwell it is extremely important to see your GP to find out the cause and for necessary treatment.
If you suspect meningitis or septicaemia
Get medical help immediately. You can:
Call NHS 111
Go to your nearest accident and emergency department
Dial 999 for an ambulance
Describe the symptoms and say you think it could be meningitis or septicaemia
Early diagnosis can be difficult. If you have had advice and are still worried, get medical help again.
Trust your instincts – get medical help immediately
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REMEMBER should your child become unwell and has a rash to seek medical advice immediately to find out the cause and for necessary treatment.
Eczema is a long-tem condition that causes the skin to become itchy, red, dry and cracked. The most common form is Atopic Eczema, which mainly affects babies and children.
Eczema in babies under six months is associated with allergies to milk and eggs, so it important to discuss this with your Health Visitor or GP.
Common symptoms include patches of red, dry, itchy skin on the cheeks, forehead and scalp, behind the ears in the creases of the neck, knees and elbows. The condition can also flare up.
Sadly there is no cure for atopic eczema, but the condition often improves as the child get gets older.
It is, however, important to manage symptoms. An effective skincare routine is a key part of controlling symptoms. Parents are advised to:
Bathe their infant using an emollient wash
Apply an emollient cream generously and frequently, including after bathing, to relieve dry skin
Your Health Visitor can help support with the treatment of eczema and can prescribe a range of emollients to treat the symptoms. So please contact your Health Visitor for further help and advice.
Nappy rash occurs when the skin around the baby’s nappy area becomes irritated. This is often caused by prolonged exposure to urine or stools, but can sometimes be the result of fungal infection or rare skin condition.
You can usually reduce nappy rash by taking simple steps to keep your baby’s skin clean and dry, and using a barrier cream if needed.
Antifungal cream may be necessary if the rash is caused by a fungal infection.
For more information and advice please contact your Health Visitor who can support you and prescribe the necessary treatment to resolve the symptoms.