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Rash all over my 2 year old

He is recently getting over a cold and now he has a rash all over. It is small and not really very red. It is mostly on his stomach, and his legs. Any ideas what it is caused from? What should I use on it?

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Asked by mazonmom at 7:53 PM on Jan. 18, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • rashes are common with many illnesses. Most are associated with viruses, cause no problems in the child, and require no intervention. It is helpful to call the child's dr whenever a rash occurs and describe it instead of automatically taking the child to the office. Here are some guidelines to help:
    - large raised, red, itchy rash similar to giant mosquito bites (hives) suggests an allergic reaction and should be seen by dr. (calamine lotion will provide some relief)
    - any rash with blisters in any stage should be seen by dr (with exception for chicken pox)
    - any rash that resembles hickey marks, bruises, or purple marks that do not fade briefly when press on them can be associated with serious disease and should be seen by the dr.

    Answer by Dani32 at 8:04 PM on Jan. 18, 2009

  • continued:
    - a faint, flat, red rash that briefly disappears when you press on it, when present in a child who is mildly ill, usually does not need to be seen and will probably disappear in a day or 2. This type of rash is usually caused by a viral infection.
    -any rash present more than 3 days should be seen by a dr.
    -any rash that bothers the child in any way or is associated with other Sx should be seen by the dr.

    Answer by Dani32 at 8:05 PM on Jan. 18, 2009

  • Thanks for the info. It sounds like a rash from his infection which is what I thought, but it is always helpful to hear it from another source too! Thanks

    Answer by mazonmom at 10:19 PM on Jan. 18, 2009

  • my daughter just had something similar and she had fifths disease, you can go to the CDC website and it will give you some more info...fifths disease is also known as B19 parvovirus

    Answer by maddoxsmommy605 at 2:04 AM on Jan. 19, 2009

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