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.
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