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Definition

Heat rash is also called prickly heat or miliaria. It is mostly occurs in babies, but can happen to anyone when the sweat ducts become blocked. The rash often appears in folds of the skin and on parts of the body where clothing fits snugly, including the chest, stomach, neck, crotch, and buttocks. Heat rash is a sign that your child is too warm. If that continues, he could develop a serious condition such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke. It is called baby heat rash in children.

Causes

It can develop when the sweat ducts become blocked and swell and often leads to discomfort and itching. Heat rash can also occur when your child has a high fever, which often causes heavy sweating. If your child plays a sport that requires him to wear a lot of heavy equipment, like hockey, he might get heat rash. Sometimes a child will get heat rash after a cough ointment is rubbed on his chest. Lots of children get it during hot, humid weather when sweat glands are overworked. Infants can also get it in the wintertime with fever, overdressing, or ointments applied to the chest for coughs. Older children can get it with exercise.

Symptoms

Heat rash looks like dots or tiny pimples. In young children, heat rash can appear on the head, neck, and shoulders. The rash areas can get irritated by clothing or scratching, and, rarely, a secondary skin infection may develop.     

Treatment

Cool baths and air conditioning are very helpful. Some patients find that using a bath brush with soap to exfoliate the skin will decrease the occurrences of this condition. If you have a severe case of miliaria the doctor will give you a prescription lotion to apply to the rash.

Add a few drops of water to the HERBOMINERAL powder and make it into a paste. Apply the paste on the affected area and allow drying. Wash off after about 20 minutes or let it remain.

You might place him on a cotton towel, which can help absorb his sweat. Apply cool, wet washcloths to the areas affected by the rash. A lukewarm bath with a little baking soda that takes 2 teaspoons per gallon can also help.

There are many non-prescription lotions that relieve the itch from heat rash. Smooth mentholated or calamine lotions a good apply it on your skin to cool the irritated areas. Alternatively, gently apply the gel from an aloe vera leaf, a plant well-known for its healing and soothing properties. Do these two or three times per day and remember to wash the affected areas thoroughly before reapplication.

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