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What can I do to keep my child from scratching the rash?

What can I do to keep my child from scratching the rash?

Keep it covered: Itchy rashes are difficult to leave alone, especially for kids. Covering the rash, so the child cannot scratch it, and keeping the hands covered are techniques one can try. Identifying the cause of the rash to prevent it from worsening may also help. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Skin Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more


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1Yo5M baby having red spots rashes on body--front chest, abdo, ear left ear. Is not particular itchy--no scratch. Had fever for 4 days last week?

1Yo5M baby having red spots rashes on body--front chest, abdo, ear left ear. Is not particular itchy--no scratch. Had fever for 4 days last week?

Rash: A picture may help? This is an infection called rosella where a rash breaks out in this location after 3-5 days of high fever. All the best. ...Read more

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I have a 13 wk old baby & she has some rashes on her legs & she is starting to scratch herself. Is it okay to put on some Benadryl (diphenhydramine) anti-itch cream?

I have a 13 wk old baby & she has some rashes on her legs & she is starting to scratch herself. Is it okay to put on some Benadryl (diphenhydramine) anti-itch cream?

Rash infant: No I would not use the Benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream as it can be absorbed by the baby 's skin. I would suggest using a fragrant free and perfume free lotion daily for what may be eczema. If no help get her examined. ...Read more

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What can I do to help my baby’s rash from scratching?

What can I do to help my baby’s rash from  scratching?

Find the source: Heat rash. Viral rash. Allergy rash. Infectious rash. Scabies. Eczema. Contact dermatitis. Yeast. The best strategy is to determine the source of the rash and address that specifically. General non-specific measures to deal with itchy rashes can include oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) elixir, soothing oatmeal baths, OTC aveeno anti-itch cream, and prescription steroid creams. Also keep baby cool & use 100% cotton. ...Read more

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My baby's rash is bothering him and he keeps scratching it. What can I use to reduce his itchiness and clear the rash?

My baby's rash is bothering him and he keeps scratching it. What can I use to reduce his itchiness and clear the rash?

Aveeno/benadryl: I would consider an aveeno oatmeal bath, which can be very soothing to the skin. If your child is an appropriate age (ask your doctor), children's Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can help with the itching. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) gel or hydrocortizone ointment over-the-counter can oftentimes help an itchy rash. If your child appears ill or has high fever, it's wise to consult your doctor. ...Read more

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My 2 year old has a really bad daiper rash. For about 2 and 1/2 weeks. I have tried butt paste, extra strength butt paste, triple paste, baby powder, vaseline. Nothing seems to help in fact it seems to get worse. And every chance she gets she scratches it

My 2 year old has a really bad daiper rash. For about 2 and 1/2 weeks. I have tried butt paste, extra strength butt paste, triple paste, baby powder, vaseline. Nothing seems to help in fact it seems to get worse. And every chance she gets she scratches it

Try: Mixing Hydrocortisone 1% cream and lotrimin (clotrimazole) af cream and apply them 3 times a day. If you change the diaper more than 3 times a day, then use any other diaper cream on the additional diaper changes. If it is better after 3 days, continue the lotrimin (clotrimazole) af for 2 weeks and stop the hydrocortisone. If not better after 3 days then see the doctor. ...Read more

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Can i apply aqueous calamine on my 1 year old baby when he gets urticaria or when he gets heat rash? Need him to stop scratching.

Can i apply aqueous calamine on my 1 year old baby when he gets urticaria or when he gets heat rash? Need him to  stop scratching.

Not recommended: For itching from heat rash, the best thing to do is prevent it by keeping him cool and dry. Put him in light clothing and avoid overheating when possible (avoid car rides in the heat of the day ). For the urticaria, your doctor may be able to help figure out what is causing the hives. Calamine is not very helpful. For itching due to insect bites, i like caladryl clear best. ...Read more

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I have a 15mo old baby boy.i noticed lately he often scrathes his privates.no rash noted but still scratches it with irritability.we use cloth diapers and pampers dry?

I have a 15mo old baby boy.i noticed lately he often scrathes his privates.no rash noted but still scratches it with irritability.we use cloth diapers and pampers dry?

Use scent/dye free: Are you using scent and dye free detergent to wash his cloth diapers? Avoid using fabric softener in the cloth diaper wash. Also use hypoallergenic wipes to clean his diaper area. Sometimes babies will have sensitivity to a brand of disposable diapers. Hopefully these changes will help. ...Read more

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I have a itchy/red scrotum for along time, i don't scratch, I've tried-no soap, cerave soap, shampoo doesn't get on it, baby rash cream, anti fungal creams?

I have a itchy/red scrotum for along time, i don't scratch, I've tried-no soap, cerave soap, shampoo doesn't get on it, baby rash cream, anti fungal creams?

One more try: You may have seborrheic dermatitis, a diagnosis that is as tough to say as it is to write! fortunately, it is usually easy to treat. Try some triamcinalone 0.1% ointment twice daily. It is a chronic condition and will return so only treat it when it bothers you. ...Read more

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What to do for child 3 year old with rashes?

What to do for child 3 year old with rashes?

See Pediatrician: Are the rashes caused by allergies, viruses, or other reasons. Pediatrician has to see the rash to determine cause and then prescribe treatment. ...Read more

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My child has rashes on her body, is she diabetic?

My child has rashes on her body, is she diabetic?

See physician: Rashes not normally a sign of diabetes. That said, what's causing the rash, fever, insect bite, contact dermatitis, food allergy, measles, and so many other causes. Call pediatrician to make appointment for examination. Different causes produce different rashes. Your child must be examined. ...Read more

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I have this rashes and every night I keep on scratching and as I scratched there is a fluid coming outI am confused if this is eczma or skin asth?

I have this rashes and every night I keep on scratching and as I scratched there is a fluid coming outI am confused if this is eczma or skin asth?

Eczema: Chronic itchy skin rash at night is certainly possible to be eczema. Sure would like to see it, other itchy rashes include contact dermatitis (from a detergent or dye) scabies, flea bites and many others. Each has a different treatment. As for oozing, you may well have a secondary infection with staph. I lost you on the last bit of the question, please ask again. You need a doc visit, definitely ...Read more

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I keep having skin rashes appear. My skin becomes exceptionally itchy and once scratched the area becomes inflamed in red rings of different sizes.

I keep having skin rashes appear. My skin becomes exceptionally itchy and once scratched the area becomes inflamed in red rings of different sizes.

Sounds like hives: What you're describing sounds most like hives (urticaria) which is an allergic reaction to something typically in the air, not something directly contacting the skin. It's difficult to say with confidence though without photos or further description. ...Read more

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My skin gets itchy everyday and when i scratch it, rashes are formed. What could this be?

My skin gets itchy everyday and when i scratch it, rashes are formed. What could this be?

Eczema?: It sounds like you may have an allergic condition in your skin, or something else might be causing you to itch. You should have your doctor take a look to see what might going on! ...Read more

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My son gets skin rashes that look like scratch marks. The scratch marks just appear and they are not from him scratching. What can it be?

My son gets skin rashes that look like scratch marks. The scratch marks just appear and they are not from him scratching. What can it be?

Need to see it.: It is always difficult to try to diagnose a rash without being able to actually see it. I would advise you have your pediatrician look at this. Some possiblities are that he is actually scratching (usually at night) when you are not observing him. How old is he? Where are the marks? Are they actually abrasions or are the more like raised welts? Again, hard to try to diagnose without seeing it. ...Read more

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Which nappies are best disposable or reusable? My child has a very sensitive skin, gets rashes soon. He is just 2 months.

Which nappies are best disposable or reusable? My child has a very sensitive skin, gets rashes soon. He is just 2 months.

Individual choice: Reusable diapers work for some, but after a while you can never get the pee smell out of them and if there is no local diaper service you must work to deal with the mess.Today's disposables vary in cost and technology with a few kids allergic to components in some brands. Most are quite good and contain drying agents that pull moisture away from the skin, reducing the rash potential. ...Read more

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Rash (Definition)

A rash is a change to skin condition which can affect color, appearance, or texture. It may or may not ...Read more


Scratching (Definition)

Scratching = rubbing ...Read more