Pediatric Rashes Treatment Questions and Answers
If your little one has a rash from an unknown cause, come to Pediatric Associates of Frisco near Allen, TX. Our kind and caring staff can help you discover the base cause for the reaction and develop a treatment plan specific to your child’s needs. For more information please call us or request an appointment online. We serve patients from Frisco TX, Allen TX, Little Elm TX, The Colony TX, McKinney TX, Prosper TX, Aubrey TX, Oak Point TX, Lakewood Village TX, Plano TX and Dallas TX.
Unknown rashes make up a vast majority of child healthcare visits. Rashes can be brought on by a variety of causes, and generally are not dangerous. However, if accompanied by a fever, you should take your child to a clinic immediately.
Is my child’s rash serious?
It’s natural to worry when an uncomfortable-looking rash suddenly appears on your child’s skin. Children’s skin is especially sensitive so a variety of skin rashes are common. Fortunately, many can be monitored by carefully observing your child at home with the use of over-the-counter medications.
There are times when a parent or caregiver should seek emergency medical attention although many viral rashes can be resolved at home with some curative measures. This includes:
- when a baby is having problems breathing
- when a baby’s breathing quickens
- when petechiae or purpura do not fade when pressed and accompany the rash
Call the baby’s doctor if the baby has a fever that has exceeded 101.5°F or if they appear dehydrated (few to no wet diapers over several hours). The doctor will give you further instructions on how to help your baby or may even ask you to come in so the physician can help diagnose the cause.
How long do rashes last?
The cause of the rash determines the recovery time although most rashes disappear within a couple of days. For example, the rash caused by measles will disappear within 6 to 7 days and the rash caused by the roseola viral infection typically will resolve within 1 to 2 days. A diaper rash almost always clears up within 1 week as opposed to rashes caused by an antibiotic allergy which may last 3 to 14 days.
Should I worry about a rash?
One of the hardest things to deal with as a parent is an unexplained rash suddenly appearing on your baby’s skin. It’s hard to know whether the rash is cause for concern or something that will clear up on its own if given some time. Sometimes as parents we are too close to the situation and all rashes look bad.
Unfortunately, there isn’t one rule about dangerous rashes that can be given to parents. It is very difficult, for even pediatricians who have seen thousands of children with rashes in their careers, to look at rashes and identify their cause. One of the most important things to look for as a parent is changes in your child’s behavior. How the child looks is more important than the rash as many rashes are associated with an illness.
For example, a child can have a rash over the entirety of their body but still be happy, playful, energetic, and don’t feel sick at all. With the roseola viral infection, after the child’s fever subsides, most kids will start with a simple cold and then they develop a rash that covers their entire body. When the rash appears, the child feels and acts better. So, take into account the child’s overall health such as if they are hydrated, alert, are they working hard to breathe as if they just ran around. This will help a parent know when it is time to see their doctor or seek emergency care if the child looks sick or if any of those symptoms are happening when looking past the rash.
If your child has a rash from an unknown source, come to Pediatric Associates of Frisco, where our team of kind and caring professionals can help diagnose, treat and prevent rashes and their complications. To talk with an expert, contact our office today. Visit us online or give us a call to schedule an appointment at our clinic.