I think we can all agree that this Summer has been exceptionally hot. In fact, according to the Met Office 2016 is set to be the hottest year on record! If you or your family are not protected correctly, the chances of getting a heat rash can be extremely high!
First off, let’s talk about what a heat rash is! Your pediatrician can confirm the diagnosis but you’re specifically looking for a rash with tiny red bumps surrounded by redness on the skin. Heat rashes generally occur on clothed parts of the body, such as the groin, abdomen, and armpits. For infants, you’re specifically looking for redness on the neck, shoulders and chest. In order to treat their rash, it’s extremely important to know what has caused it. The short answer: your baby got hot, tried to sweat and couldn’t. Try not to panic, we have a treatment for you!
Begin simply by cooling your baby down. We love this article by Nancy Mattia that talks about getting your baby comfortable in the summer heat!
Alongside this, we recommend making adjustments to the temperature inside the home or ensuring your child is properly dressed for the weather. We highly advise a loose fitted garment as it gives the affected areas a chance to breathe. If they are swimming or playing in the water, choose bathing suits that are non restrictive, comfortable and come with built in sun protection. We love our summer items as they help protect a baby’s fragile skin and eyes from the harmful rays of the summer sun. If your baby happens to start scratching, consult a paediatrician before applying any lotions or creams to calm the area.
In the future, we recommend keeping your house and children cool to avoid a heat rash at all costs. Keep a sharp eye on the thermostat and consider running a fan in your baby’s room to keep the air constantly circulating.
Stay cool this summer!
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