Slideshow: Childhood Rashes Pictures

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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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  • 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.

  • west

    My son is 3 and has red blotches that come and go some are rased a lottle some have a white dot in the middle but they are there then with in 5 minutes there gone but with in 30 min there back and with more and covering more of his body hes got no fever and seams to be just fine hes had staroids and benadryl and there still common ang going iv got photos the doctor saod they haven’t seen this before

    • west

      Most are flat and splotched but come and go still somentimes with in 15/20 min then go completely away

      • James Hubbard, MD, MPH

        West, I doubt I can do better than your regular doctor. Hopefully you’ll follow up and even get referral to a pediatric dermatologist or allergist if the rash doesn’t go away.

        • west

          I will be just wanted to see if any one had this happen or new what it was

  • Delores

    My daughter is 4 yrs old. She has vomitted off n on for the past 7 days. With not vomitting since early yest. morn. She has had diarhea and a mild fever off n on as well. Today i noticed an red blotchy rash on diff parts of her body that she has been trying to itch constantly. Can u help? Its sunday night and i dont know if i should call ped emerg line or what. I talked to the office nurse sat and they suggested easy diet n all. The rash just showed today. Im concerned. Should i give her benedryl n see what happens?

    • James Hubbard, MD, MPH

      Yes, I’d call the pediatric emergency line and see what they say. In general, some things that would be worrisome would be if there were any other symptoms such as a high fever, swelling, or the rash was petechial (see post.) Also, vomiting off and on for that long would be reason enough she should be seen very soon, unless that symptom is gone for good.

  • Liseth

    My daughter has this i don’t know whag to do

    • James Hubbard, MD, MPH

      Liseth, I don’t know what you mean by “this.” But even with a photo, I couldn’t give you a definite diagnosis. Just general information. An itchy spot on the arm could mean she has come into contact with something that’s irritated her skin, or possibly the will spread or other symptoms develop to give you a better idea of what is going on. Often a little moisturizing lotion or over-the-counter cortisone lotion for a couple of days will help if it’s irritation. If it doesn’t go away in a week or two, if it spreads, or other symptoms develop, she should see her doctor.

  • Liseth

    My 2 year old girl has this on her arm . What is this is itchy at times she has 2 days already

  • Jill

    5year old with a hive-like rash on hips and back of thighs. They didn’t itch or bother her. They have been coming and going for a week with no fever. Anyone have any clues? Dr says it may be a viral hive and will go away in 7-10 days. Viral equals sick in my mind. She’s been completely heathly, except for the rash.

    • James Hubbard, MD, MPH

      Jill, I can’t diagnose without an exam but certainly a child can have a viral rash without being very sick at all. Hopefully you doctor told you to check back if it got worse, additional symptoms, or doesn’t go away in the allotted time.

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  • anita

    Hello, My 6 year old daughter started what it looked like allergic reaction in first few pictures. I took her to the doc and she said it looks like allergic reaction so she put her on 3 days prednisolone and I was also giving her Benadryl. Now she gets rashes but they look different ,more like bumpy and like bug bites and itches. Could you possibly throw some light on what it could be?

    • James Hubbard, MD, MPH

      If it’s only been a few days, she could still be having residual urticaria from the allergic reaction. However, if it has been a longer, or not gradually getting better, she should see her doctor.

  • ConcernedMomma

    My daughter has a dr appt tomorrow morning but can anyone tell me what they think this rash is from? She went to the dr. last week with a yeast diaper rash, then I noticed this rash on her faceby her hairline which has since spread to the rest of her face and her upper arms and legs. She has had diarrhea a few times as well and ran a fever on Christmas..

    • James Hubbard, MD, MPH

      I can’t diagnose individuals without a direct exam. In general, a rash, and no other symptoms other than slight itchiness, that comes on after a fever has left is a non-specific viral rash, fifth disease, roseola (typically seen in children 2 years-old and younger), or a reaction to a medicine given. Here’s another post and please let us know what the doctor says.