It can be very worrying when a child gets a rash. Here experts outline what the more common rashes look like and when to seek urgent help.
Seeing a rash on a child's skin can be very worrying for many parents, who often fear it could be a sign of a deadly disease like meningitis.
Fortunately, such cases are not common, and consultant dermatologist and British Skin Foundation spokesperson Dr Anton Alexandroff reassures: "Most rashes in children aren't serious and parents shouldn't worry about them too much. Serious rashes are rare."
But if the child is unwell or if there's swelling of lips, tongue or breathing problems, you should see a doctor urgently or go to A&E.
And Dr Sweta Rai of the British Association of Dermatologists warns parents not try to diagnose rashes from internet pictures.
"It can be tempting for parents to use the internet to diagnose a rash - we strongly advise against this," she says.
"There's such an array of potential causes, and similar types of rash, that even for a professional it is very hard to tell the difference between them without careful study and many years of experience."
Here, midwife and nurse Jackie Hall of AXA PPP healthcare outlines 10 childhood rashes:
1. Viral rashes
These cause tiny pinprick red spots on the chest, abdomen and limbs which disappear easily when pressed. They can accompany common cough/colds/sore throats/tummy bugs.
Many viral infections resolve within a few days without treatment, but symptoms can be managed by encouraging fluid intake and taking paracetamol for pain relief and fever control.
Always consult a doctor if you're worried about a rash on your child and if spots are accompanied by other symptoms such as drowsiness, unresolving fever, a floppy body, confusion or difficulty awakening, severe headaches, very pale skin, seizures, shortness of breath, sharp chest pain that feels worse with breathing, or coughing up blood.
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