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How can I tell if my baby's rash is serious?

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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: How baby acts

The best way to tell is to see how your baby is acting.
Happy, fine, playful, and active: that means the rash probably isn't very serious. A baby with a rash who is miserable, crying, hard to wake up, listless, or just isn't quite acting right is a baby to worry about.

In brief: How baby acts

The best way to tell is to see how your baby is acting.
Happy, fine, playful, and active: that means the rash probably isn't very serious. A baby with a rash who is miserable, crying, hard to wake up, listless, or just isn't quite acting right is a baby to worry about.
Dr. Roy Benaroch
Dr. Roy Benaroch
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Dr. Stephen Hefler
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Sometimes not easy

However, if your child has no fever, is acting normally, playing, eating and sleeping normally, these are all good signs.
If the rash is due to a serious infection, there are usually other symptoms. Rashes that do not blanch when you press on them are serious, other then that you should call your pediatrician and describe the rash and follow instructions.

In brief: Sometimes not easy

However, if your child has no fever, is acting normally, playing, eating and sleeping normally, these are all good signs.
If the rash is due to a serious infection, there are usually other symptoms. Rashes that do not blanch when you press on them are serious, other then that you should call your pediatrician and describe the rash and follow instructions.
Dr. Stephen Hefler
Dr. Stephen Hefler
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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics

In brief: Hives/spreading fast

If your baby has a sudden onset of raised hives/severely itchy rash all over the body that continues to spread quickly, it may be a sign of a severe allergic reaction.
Also any purple or black looking spotted rash, especially associated with fever, vomiting, and ill-appearing child could be a sign of a life-threatening rash.

In brief: Hives/spreading fast

If your baby has a sudden onset of raised hives/severely itchy rash all over the body that continues to spread quickly, it may be a sign of a severe allergic reaction.
Also any purple or black looking spotted rash, especially associated with fever, vomiting, and ill-appearing child could be a sign of a life-threatening rash.
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Dr. Lisa Roberts
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