How to Treat Common Child Skin Rashes

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Skin rashes are surprisingly common for children. They’re not just something you have to live with. They are often something we just suffer from, layering on clothing in the hope that we keep the children from scratching at it. Here are a few tips on how to treat your child’s skin rashes. We’ll also let you know what symptoms warrant professional medical attention.

Fungal and Parasitic Rashes

Fungal and parasitic rashes typically spread among young children due to lack of hygiene. Ringworm is a fungal infection, despite the name. It takes the form of a red ring. As the rash becomes bigger, the skin in the middle starts to look healthy while the outside border looks red and puffy. If the ringworm patch is on the head, it may cause hair loss in the affected area.

If your child has fungal rashes, use over the counter creams along with proper hygiene to treat it. You can also refer to for natural treatments. If you think your child has pinworm or another issue, consult with a pediatrician to get it treated.

An Allergic Rash

Allergic rashes, depending on the circumstances, may be something you can treat at home. For example, an allergic reaction due to physical contact with something the child is allergic to could be treated by washing the area and applying anti-itch cream, along with allergy medication. You’ll also want to identify what the child was allergic to in order to avoid contact again, whether it is latex gloves or a specific plant. In the case of poison ivy, you should try to wash it with creams that neutralize the toxin before applying cream to ease the irritation.


Fleas and ticks will feed on any warm-blooded creature they find, including your child. If your dog has scabies, it can move on to your family members, too. Scabies causes a rash, but it is caused by a mite that lives in the top layer of skin. The rash tends to appear between the fingers, armpits, and arms. It is spread by close physical contact with the infected, whether another child or a pet. If your child has a rash you can’t seem to treat and the dog does, too, you need to have both treated for scabies. You’ll also need to wash all clothing and bedding that the scabies mites may be hiding in.

When You Need a Professional

If your child’s rash is worsening and a fever develops, you need to contact a medical professional. The fever may mean the rash you’ve been treating is actually caused by a virus or bacteria. A low-grade fever with a rash may be caused by Fifth’s disease or another virus, but if the congestion becomes too much to treat over the counter or the fever spikes, seek help. If your child has a rash and sore throat at the same time, you should talk to a doctor as well.


Some of these conditions can be treated with over the counter medicine while others can only be treated with a prescription. However, if the situation aggravates and becomes unmanageable, consult a professional immediately.