When should you call the pediatrician?
WebMD recommends calling your child's pediatrician if any of the following apply to your child:
- He or she is younger than six months
- Your child doesn't feel well
- A fever accompanies the rash
- Your child has bruises that aren't due to an injury
- The rash oozes or looks red, swollen or wet (signs of an infection)
- The rash goes past the diaper area
- The rash is more serious in skin creases
- The rash peels, especially on the palms or soles of the feet
- Your child has hives (swollen, pale red bumps or red swollen marks that appear suddenly)
- The rash doesn't improve after two days
How can you provide relief?
You can give oral antihistamines (like Children's Benadryl) before bedtime to help decrease the itch and rash, according to Parents. You can also give your child a cool bath with oatmeal to ease the itch and apply calamine lotion afterward.
Since it can be difficult to determine the cause of your child's rash, if you have any doubts, call your pediatrician. Be prepared to answer questions about whether your child has a fever or other symptoms and whether he or she has come into contact with a new substance that could be causing irritation.