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Slideshow: 12 Common Childhood Rashes

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

12 Common Childhood Rashes | The Survival Doctor

Photo of baby by Jacob Johan, hand photo by Marc van der Chijs, leg photo by Care_SMC—all on Flickr.

 

Rash: One word for so many problems. A rash can indicate a simple irritation a bath can soothe, a life-threatening disease, or many things in between. And sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference.

This slideshow has pictures of common childhood rashes, but this is for general information. In your case, the rash may not look like it does in these photos. And as you’ll see, one rash can easily be confused with another.

This blog gives ideas for what to do when getting to a doctor is difficult or impossible. But children with rashes are special creatures. They can seem fine and get sick quickly. See a doctor if you can.

Now, on to the rashes!

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  • Lou

    Hi there, my 17 month old has bright red spots all over his body, bottom, smaller ones on his legs, hands and feet. He has them on the palms of this hands too. I took him to the doctor who said it was viral and not hfmd because hfmd does not spread over the body and the spots aren’t blister, he’s eating so he can’t have ulcers in his mouth. He had a temp of 38 yesterday so not very high and only lasted a few hours. He’s happy, playful but has a runny nose. His older brothers school has a hfmd outbreak at the moment! I’d be happy with any advice please, thanks :-)

    • http://thesurvivaldoctor.com/ James Hubbard, MD, MPH

      In general, kids get a virus, stay sick for a few days to a couple of weeks, the body fights it off and that’s that. And, remember, hand, foot, and mouth disease is a virus so it’s really no different. If the child starts looking worse, they should be rechecked. From your description, it sounds like your child should be no different but it does take time to get over these. Meanwhile, remember, he’s contagious.

  • Alyssa

    My 11 month old daughter had a high fever that lasted 3 days and now that the fever went away she began to have a rash like the picture above but with less spots. At first I thought having high fevers could of been of her teeth were coming out but now she has a rash. I think it’s more serious. Since the doctors said when she and her twin was born being a premature baby they can get sick a lot easier than a fully developed baby.

    • http://thesurvivaldoctor.com/ James Hubbard, MD, MPH

      I’m not sure which rash you mean. Roseola? When researching be sure to not only look at the rash but read how it usually presents. Such after the fever’s gone, during, does it itch, etc. And of course if you have concerns, call your doctor’s office.

  • Shellxbell2206

    My daughter had a fever 3 days ago then once I change her I noticed she had a rash on the back of her thighs like red bumps … Then rash moved to her buttocks little red dots all over and it’s all over the back of her legs and like two on her hands. The doctor at the ER said looks like bites maybe scabies he did no test . It very well could he scabies but I never see her scratch and wouldn’t out whole family have them as well . I have a 3 year old with no signs and neither me or my husband either . She has a swollen throat and thrush too they said she has a bacterial infection in her mouth so could someone please tell me if they know what this looks like

    • http://thesurvivaldoctor.com/ James Hubbard, MD, MPH

      Shell, I can’t diagnose individuals without an exam. There are so many things it could be depending on her age, any medicine, fever, etc. I agree, though, scabies is going to spread to other people. And is the bacterial infection in her mouth or in her throat? Did they give her antibiotics then? Are the bumps on her palms? if so, in her mouth? (hand and mouth disease.) I’m not expecting you to answer all these questions, it’s just that I hope you can somewhat understand why it’s hard (and unethical) to try to diagnosis specifically without an exam. Hopefully the post can give you some clues, but, if the rash continues or she’s really sick, she should see her regular doctor.

  • Momma

    My 5 month old son woke from a nap with a leaky diaper. I changed him and removed his onsie and found several tiny red bumps on his chest and back, his hands, legs and feet swollen. My dad says sound like an allegic reaction and to call the dr. They haven’t called back yet. He had a temp last week of 100.6 for a day and slight cough. Should I take him to urgent care? Or wait for it to clear up?

    • http://thesurvivaldoctor.com/ James Hubbard, MD, MPH

      If he has a regular doctor, I”d call. If no or he’s getting worse, take him to an urgent care.

  • Sasha

    My 12 year old daughter has red bums mostly on her hips,back and butt. She says that they ich, her eyes are now ichy and I don’t know what caused it. We are going to go to the doctor but still. We do have a parrot in the house. But nirther do I or my husband have the red bumps.

    • Sasha

      I meant Bumps

      • http://thesurvivaldoctor.com/ James Hubbard, MD, MPH

        Sasha, please let us know what the doctor says. If I were to guess, I’d say she’s allergic to something but what, it’s hard to know. I would start thinking about possibilities such as new clothes, detergents, soaps, lotion, food, or anything else she might have been newly exposed to lately. And yes, the parrot especially if it’s new.

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  • Hira Pun

    Hi, my doughter now 10yrs old. she has red itchy rash on her legs from young age. visisted many Doc but its not working out. She scratch then skin comes out, now she develop many spots on her legs.This rash comes and goes. Please advice.

    • http://thesurvivaldoctor.com/ James Hubbard, MD, MPH

      I wish I could tell you but it could be many things. Has she seen a skin specialist (dermatologist)? Psoriasis and eczema come to mind but I would have thought the doctors would have recognized it.

  • katie

    My16 month old has a full body rash. Very itchy, no fever, good appetite, dr said its hands foot an mouth but I don’t believe it. His dad has poison ivy and he played outside for 4 hours before bedtime. And next day it all started. No one else we know has hfm… im using hydrocortisone and calimine lotion and its helping.

    • http://thesurvivaldoctor.com/ James Hubbard, MD, MPH

      With hand, foot, and mouth disease there’s usually a little fever sometime along the way, and lesions on the soles, palms, and/or in the mouth. Poison Ivy usually comes in patches where the plant touches the skin. Either way, usually a little time clears it up–usually longer for poison ivy than hfm. If it doesn’t, or if symptoms get worse, he’d need to check back with his doctor.

      • katie

        Can hfm go all over body under arms, chest, back, legs, groin, buttocks, legs, hands feet mouth ears. Its every where but inside mouth an scalp. And the hydrocortisone its actually helping….

        • http://thesurvivaldoctor.com/ James Hubbard, MD, MPH

          It’s possible. Did the doctor see it like it is now? Is it on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet? if it is, that points toward hfm disease. Viral rashes in children can be tricky, so It might be another type. Roseola? Fortunately, most of the time they get over it with rest, fluids, and time. And hydrocortisone could make most any rash feel better.

  • Katie P

    My 11 year old has clear bumps inbetween her fingers she also has poison ivy all over is this juat part of it I havr her benidryl and poison ivy cream she says it is very painful but not ichy what is it

    • http://thesurvivaldoctor.com/ James Hubbard, MD, MPH

      Katie, it certainly sounds like poison ivy is the likely culprit. However, if it gets a lot worse, a lot more swollen or a lot more painful, she should have it checked. Meantime, you might be interested in my post on poison ivy. http://www.thesurvivaldoctor.com/2012/06/14/poison-ivy-home-remedies/

  • satwinder kumar

    My son is 9year old last 2days he complaints sore throat and headache and fever now he has red skin on the whole body with itching what I do Dr gave him amoxy and citrazine but no good response

    • http://thesurvivaldoctor.com/ James Hubbard, MD, MPH

      If the doctor has checked him out, then it can sometimes take a good 3 days to see improvement. If the rash has started since he saw the doctor, or he is getting worse, you should call the doctor. One possibility is amoxicillin can cause a rash.