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how can i prevent heat rash?

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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Keep cool: Try not to overheat your baby. Parent's tend to overdress babies. Heat rash is mild, and resolves on it's own.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Dont over-layer: Most babies get heat rash by being over dressed and over heating. This causes irritated skin and excess sweating leading to red, bumpy skin or 'prickly heat' or heat rash. Dress baby in only the number of layers that you need to keep warm and dont over dress. Otherwise keep baby cool and you should see less rashes.
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
Dress lightly...: ...In as few clothes as possible. Try to schedule outdoor activities in the early morning or late evening, not during the heat of the day. Keep your skin clean and maintain good hygiene. The overall idea is to keep your skin as cool and dry as possible.
Dr. Roman Bronfenbrener
Dermatology 9 years experience
Cooling and fanning: Heat rash is best prevented by sufficiently cooling and fanning an area. Any interventions that can help decrease sweating will also avoid aggravating this rash.

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