Heat Rash (Miliaria)

Heat Rash
(Miliaria)
INFORMATION
FOR PATIENTS
AND
FAMILIES
What is heat rash?
Heat rash is a bumpy rash caused when sweat glands in the skin are blocked. Many children get heat
rash during hot, humid weather. Infants can also get heat rash during the winter because of
overdressing, a fever or ointments applied to the skin.
What are the possible symptoms?
Your child may have the following symptom:
Tiny, pink bumps on the neck, upper back or skin creases.
What is the treatment?
Your child’s doctor will talk with you about specific care for your child. Some general guidelines to
follow include:
• Give cool baths without soap
• Let the skin air dry
• Dress your child in a diaper only, or in as few clothes as possible
• Use a fan when your child is sleeping
When should I call the doctor?
Call your child’s doctor if:
• The rash lasts more than a few days with treatment
• Your child has any new symptoms
• You have any other questions or concerns
In case of an urgent concern or emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room right away.
This is general information and is not specific medical advice for your child. Always consult your child’s doctor or other healthcare
provider if you have any questions or concerns about the care or health of your child. A Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
pediatric advice nurse is available 24 hours a day at 404.250.kids.
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