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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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  • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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….

        • 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

    • 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.

  • 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

    • 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.

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  • crissa

    So my two month old son has a really bad rash all over his face my doctor looked at it and said he’s had an allergic reaction she thinks. it started out looking like little bump like zits, and it is now all over his head and neck it’s starting to be on his legs and arms, so I’ve changed all the soap, lotion, laundry detergent to allergy efficient he’s had it for at least 2 weeks still not going away now its red and very dry skin :( never had cold symptoms at first he has developed a little cold at the moment

    • James Hubbard, MD, MPH

      Crissa, if it’s getting worse, you should call or go back to your doctor. Then, if you’re wary about the diagnosis and plan, seek a second option with either a pediatrician, a pediatric dermatologist, or a pediatric allergist.

  • JodineP

    Good day, my 2 1/2 year old woke up with hives a few weeks a go after 3 doctor visits I am still not sure what the cause can be. Please see pictures attached and if possible let me have your thoughts. My photo’s starting at day 1 end at day 20 and he still got a rash but bit better now. Thank you. Jodine

  • GabbyG

    Ok, my 3yr old daughter had a pretty high fever of 102-103.7 for a couple of days. I called the nurse’s station when it first started one night. They said most likely it was a virus and nothing you can really do, just make sure the fever doesn’t reach 105(which sounded REALLY high to me). I called the doctor and they confirmed a virus had been going around and there’s not much they could do if I brought her in. She’s been feeling better for about 2 days now, with no fever. Now I just noticed a rash covering her back and chest, and a little on her legs. It’s a red, flat rash. Doesn’t seem like it itches or anything. I just want to know if this is normal? Should I just bring her to the doctor? I normally wouldn’t have even waited this long, its just everyone told me she would be fine.

    • James Hubbard, MD, MPH

      Did you check out page 9 (fifth disease) and page 11 (roseola)?

  • west

    My 3 year old has a red splotch all over that comes and goes with in 5 minutes but then with in 15/20 its eight back but bigger and in different spots what could it be hes been given benadryl and staroids but its still happening no fever n seams to be fine

    • west

      Didnt see my other post sorry for doubleing it

      • James Hubbard, MD, MPH

        No problem.