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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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  • 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.

  • 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.