What to Do If Your Baby Has a Rash?

What To Do If Your Baby Has A Rash

Hi. This is Kaylee Cardona, a pediatric RN. And today, I’d like to discuss what you should do if your baby has a rash.

What Causes a Baby to Get a Rash?

A rash on a baby can be caused by lots of different things. Sometimes it’s caused by some sort of skin irritation. Other times, it’s caused by a virus. Lots of viruses come with a fever and a rash, and sometimes they’re caused by an allergic reaction.

An Allergic Reaction

If you suspect that your baby is having an allergic reaction, if they have big, puffy hives, if their lips are swelling up, or if they are having trouble breathing, either call 911 or go straight to the ER. If they’re having trouble breathing, I would just call 911.

You do not want to mess around with a baby that’s having trouble breathing. I always keep Benadryl on hand in my house for my own kids so that if I suspect that they’re having an allergic reaction, I can give them Benadryl.

Do not give Benadryl without consulting your pediatrician first. They will give you the right dose based on your baby’s age and weight.

Skin Irritation or Virus

If it’s something less severe, like a skin irritation or a virus, just call and talk to your pediatrician about it. Lots of detergents will cause skin irritation, and you can fix it just by switching to a very mild detergent.

The viruses that most commonly cause rashes usually come with a high fever. And then, towards the end of that virus, the baby will develop a rash. So just consult with the pediatrician, and they can tell you if they think you need to come in or if they think you can just monitor the baby at home and take care of them there and avoid the doctor’s visit.

You guys are doing a great job. Good luck out there, mamas. Hang in there!