How crazy are all these heat waves we’re experiencing all over the country at the moment? When the temperature on the coast went up to 40 C last week we all had a mini melt-down. But this week it was our inland friends who are suffering. You guys… I wouldn’t be able to cope. So we’re a little late with our second instalment of Your Child’s Spots Decoded… We’ve been so busy here at Penelope & Bella and we’ve come up with some exciting plans that I know you’re going to be thrilled about, cause it’s just a SWELL idea *nudge, nudge, wink, wink* Anyway, I thought it only fitting that we talk about heat rash in our next instalment of
WHAT YOUR PEDIATRICIAN WANTS YOU TO KNOW #8
Heat rash is reddened skin often accompanied by little blisters and will occur most commonly in skin folds or creases, or where clothing is too tight. The redness is a sign of inflammation, and this is due to blocked sweat glands, not allowing sweat to reach the surface of the skin to evaporate. The rash normally appears on a baby’s head, face, neck and shoulders. Heat rash normally appears on babies because they are dressed too warmly. Remember, babies need to be dressed as lightly as a resting adult. Their hands and feet may feel cool to the touch but this is totally normal. Symptoms of heat rash include little red bumps and a prickly or itchy sensation on the skin (also known as prickly heat)
How can we alleviate and prevent heat rash?
It’s simple, once the tight or warm clothing has been removed, and the skin is allowed to breathe the rash will subside. To prevent heat rash from occurring, be careful of dressing your baby too warmly, avoid very hot and humid conditions if possible, and use fans or air conditioners to circulate the air.
Judging by the start of it, there’s going to be a long summer ahead of us. Make sure you keep your babies cool, and PLEASE remember sunblock!