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Rashes

It is common for babies and children to get rashes which often clear up without treatment. Rashes are sometimes caused by using different washing products as these can irritate your child’s skin. Some rashes can be more worrying and need urgent attention so it is important to know a bit more about these. You can explore the common rashes that babies develop here

A rash that does not fade when you press a glass against it can be a symptom of a serious illness called meningitis. Meningitis can get worse very quickly, so it's important you know the signs and symptoms and seek help if you are worried. 

If your child seems unwell, has a rash, and has a high temperature (fever) see your GP.

 

What you can do to help

  • Babies’ skin is very sensitive; there is no need to bath them daily. Instead clean their hands, neck, face and bottom using cotton wool and water only. Find out more about washing your baby here.
  • Think about whether you have used any different bubble bath, creams or washing products as these can all irritate your child’s skin and cause rashes. If you have used a new product and noticed a rash, stop using it for a few days to see if the rash clears up.
  • Rashes are sometimes symptoms of childhood illnesses which vaccinations are available for. Children up to the age of 18 who missed their vaccinations are still eligible to receive them free on the NHS, so make sure your child is up to date.

Who can help?

If you’re worried about your child, a health professional in our team will be able to offer advice and support. You can Call Us on 0300 029 50 50 or Text Us on 07520 649887 to start a conversation. **Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm excluding bank holidays**

 

 

 


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