skin rashes are relatively harmless, although they can cause uncomfortable itching.
Still, it’s always a good idea to consult a pediatrician at your
community hospital, especially if this is your child’s first rash
or if you’re not sure whether the rash is serious. Here at West
Hills Hospital, our physicians are committed to providing high-quality,
Know When to Seek Medical Care
Sometimes, skin rashes can indicate a serious medical problem that requires
emergency care. If your child has a fever, it may be time for a trip to
the ER. Other red flags include the appearance of tiny red dots that do
not fade when pressed, the development of bruises not caused by injuries,
and rash-related symptoms that last longer than a week. If you’re
ever unsure of whether your child should be evaluated by a doctor, it’s
best to err on the side of caution and call your family physician or visit the ER.
Treat the Skin Gently
If a physician has seen your child, follow his or her discharge instructions
carefully. Otherwise, you can help your child feel more comfortable by
treating the skin gently. Draw a bath for your child with warm—not
hot—water and add a few cups of oat flour. You can easily make oat
flour at home by adding a few cups of uncooked oatmeal to a food processor
and pulsing until finely ground. After your child bathes, pat the skin
dry gently with a soft towel. Try to leave the rash exposed to air as
much as possible.
Skin rashes can be itchy, but your child should try to avoid scratching. You can
reduce the itchiness of a rash by keeping your child in a cool area out of the sun. Dress him or her
in cotton clothing that has been laundered with hypoallergenic detergent.
Keeping the skin well-moisturized can also help your child feel more comfortable.
From skin rashes to broken bones, you can find the compassionate care your
child needs at
West Hills Hospital. Our hospital is proud to serve West Hills-area families with unparalleled
maternity services, emergency care, specialized burn care, and cancer
care. Parents can call (818) 676-4321 to speak with a registered nurse
at our hospital.