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Babies Encyclopedia: How do you treat a heat rash?

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Asked by CafeMom Team at 6:07 PM on Sep. 8, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Cool the area with a cool wet wash cloth or in a cool bath for at least 20 minutes.

    Answer by teagansmom10 at 6:25 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • Oops. I accidentally hit post before I was finished! You should also remove any tight fitting or constricting clothing, and dress your baby in loose fitting cotton garments so as not to further irritate the area. If the condition persists, or your baby develops a fever, you should consult your physician, as heat rash can sometimes be misdiagnosed at home.

    Answer by teagansmom10 at 6:29 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • How should I treat heat rash?

    Start by cooling your baby off. Loosen or remove his clothing, and move him into an airy room or a shady spot.

    You might place him on a cotton towel, which can help absorb his sweat. Apply cool, wet washcloths to the areas affected by the rash. A lukewarm bath with a little baking soda — 2 teaspoons per gallon — can also help.

    Let him air dry rather than rubbing him with a towel. And don't use ointments or creams on the rash. These can make the rash worse by trapping moisture.

    If it's hot at night, use an air conditioner or a fan in your baby's room. Direct the fan near your baby but not directly on him. Or place it far enough away so that only a gentle breeze reaches him. You want your baby to be comfortable, not chilled.


    Answer by musicmom08 at 6:29 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • Take a cool bath or shower, put aloe on the area, drink a LOT of water.

    Answer by Blueliner at 6:37 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • I would remove any extra layers of clothing, give them a cool bath and give them something cool to drink. Then I would pat him dry (not rub, in order not to irritate the rash any further) and put him in some loose fitting clothes that will allow air to flow through and to avoid getting sweaty and multiplying the rash. Hope this helps.

    Answer by sugaree at 6:50 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • air let the skin breath

    Answer by luvmyaustin at 7:02 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • Remove clothing, hat, whatever it is that is causing too much heat on the skin. Put a cool washcloth on the skin and just let the sking breathe.

    Answer by Wheepingchree at 7:04 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • I would cool the child down and use a nice corn starch baby powder.

    Answer by mmmegan38 at 8:27 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • I would use a cool washcloth and loose fitting clothing.

    Answer by MooNFaeRie30 at 8:57 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • Cool child down with a cool cloth and remove tightly fitting, overly hot clothing.

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 1:53 AM on Sep. 9, 2010

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