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A rash, also known as dermatitis, is swelling (puffiness) or irritation of the skin. It can be red, dry, scaly, and itchy, and can also include the appearance of bumps, blisters, and even pimples. Some rashes, especially combined with a fever, can be signs of serious illnesses. Minor rashes and skin conditions are so common among infants and children that the six most frequently encountered were once only referred to by number. Skin irritations and rashes are still among the most common reasons for new parents to visit the emergency room. Fortunately, understanding and correctly identifying the myriad of different conditions that are usually involved helps to make treatment quick and effective. As always, you should check with your child’s doctor before beginning any treatment.

Find more information on common types of rashes here.


Rashes may be nothing more than minor skin irritations or could be symptoms of more serious conditions. Correctly identifying the many different possible causes of a rash is the first step to quick and effective treatment. Because rashes can be the result of so many different ailments, it is important that you check with your child’s doctor before beginning any treatment.

Childhood of infant eczema is a common condition. While the exact cause of eczema is unknown,  it is more common in children who have a family history, history of asthma or food/seasonal allergies. The condition is characterized by a raised rash with dry skin and intense itching. Many children, but not all, outgrow it or have milder cases as they get older. These children often need to be on a regimen of using products specific for dry, itchy, sensitive skin such as Aveeno eczema products. Please talk with your provider about what would be best for your child.

While chickenpox was once almost considered a rite of passage among children, the chickenpox vaccine has made occurrences of this disease increasingly rare. We recommend that all young children get their chickenpox vaccine at age 1 and 4 years of age.

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