Summer time is the season most people look forward to as schools are closed and most jobs give vacations. The sun is out and the beaches are packed with people trying to sun bathe and get tans. You go with you baby to the beach and whilst you are there, you notice some red little bumps on the baby, spreading as the day goes on.
The redness is called a heat rash. The baby heat rash can be very uncomfortable for you and your baby as the sun heat keeps scorching. Read on to find out all about baby heat rashes.
What Is Heat Rash ?
Heat rash, also known as summer rash or prickly heat, is an eruption of tiny red bumps on your baby’s skin. These tiny red bumps might appear in many places on your baby’s body including the arms, the neck as well as the lining of the your baby’s nappy and other places like the crotch. The baby heat rash occurs when the temperatures rise.
When the temperatures rise, your body releases excess water through sweating as it attempts to cool down your body. In babies, when they sweat too much, the pores can become clogged thus blocking the sweat from getting released from the baby’s body.
This causes swelling and itchiness and leads to the development of the tiny red bumps. Dressing up the baby too warm can also lead to heat rashes, as the baby’s body is still underdeveloped with smaller pores.
How To Treat Baby Heat Rash
There are many ways to treat a baby heat rash when it develops. The following are some of the procedures that can be followed in the treatment process:
1. Cool Off The Baby
2. Dry The Baby’s Skin
3. Keep baby cool
Cool Off The Baby
Your baby might be dressed in really warm clothing, you could really slow down the heat rash from spreading by removing some the clothes the baby has on. You could also use cool water on a cloth and run it over the areas with the tiny red bumps. This helps in cooling down the core temperatures.
Dry The Baby’s Skin
Drying off the moisture on the baby’s skin can help with opening up the clogged pores and thus restore the free flowing pores and let out the remaining sweat. Air-drying the skin the baby is better than using a towel for this process.
Keep baby cool
Allowing the baby’s skin to breath is a way of treating the baby heat rash. Letting your baby be naked is fine.
How To Prevent
It’s easy to prevent a baby heat rash. You can do this by not overdressing you baby, thus allowing air circulation. Also, restrain from using different ornaments and creams as these can lead to blocking the already under developed pores thus causing heat rashes faster than normal.
Also avoiding too much sunlight and staying in an air-conditioned environment is very good for your baby’s core temperature.
A baby heat rash is a very common occurrence in many babies. Different parents would attest to their baby getting a heat rash one time or the other.
Although it is normal, it is best to avoid this, as the heat rash can be itchy thus irritating your baby. It is best to consult your doctor if the red bumps don’t disappear, so that he can be able to check if it is really a heat rash.