Slideshow: Childhood Rashes Pictures

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Slideshow: 12 Common Childhood Rashes

Pictures of the petechiae rash. This can be a sign of a life-threatening disease! (From a slideshow of 12 common childhood rashes.) | The Survival Doctor

Photo of baby by Jacob Johan on Flickr. Photo of child’s leg by Care_SMC on Flickr.


(possible sign of a serious disease, such as meningitis or sepsis)

Signs: The flat splotches look like tiny blood blisters or red splotches under the skin. They don’t itch or fade when you press on them. They’re usually small but sometimes large. The large marks may turn purple. This rash doesn’t itch and can start anywhere on the body. (The baby in the top picture is jaundiced—has yellowish skin—for another medical reason. Children with petechiae won’t necessarily have jaundice.)

In most cases, get medical help if at all possible and as quickly as possible. Learn more here (rash 7) and, for a dangerous cause called Henoch-Schonlein purpura, here (rash 5).

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Note: These are just examples. The rash may appear differently, and it’s easy to confuse one rash for another.

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  • steve turner

    my daughter has a cash on her abdomen and sometimes inner arms. not red and no itching, Just bumps. any thoughts, doesn’t bother her, just annoying to have bumps. I want to make sure it isn’t a sign of something more serious. Thanks

  • Guest

    My one year old daughter has had this on her leg for 3 days. It is hard. Does anyone know what this is?

  • Guest

    My one year old daughter has had this on her leg for 3 days. It is hard. Does anyone know what this is?

    • Guest

      Here is a picture of her leg.

  • Teri

    2 year old boy has these bumps all over body worse on legs and butt, has fever and puking. Painful and itchy. Any suggestions on what it could be? Didn’t really see a pic similar

  • RosaMaria Vasquez

    Hi, my son is 3 years old and he has this rash around his eye (Out side his eye) and it keeps coming and going. Can you please tell me what to do?

    • James Hubbard, MD, MPH

      RoseMaria, Next time he sees his doctor, show this photo. If the rash starts getting worse or not going away, perhaps get seen soon. In general, if the rash hurts, it could be infection or clogged glands. Itching only might mean eczema or allergy but, I can’t make a diagnosis for specific cases without an exam.

  • Heleni A.

    Hello my son is 17 months old and Saturday morning he woke up with a rash looking spots from the top of his chest to his belly. Any idea what it could be I would appreciate the help.

    • James Hubbard, MD, MPH

      Just from the post.

  • Kay T

    My daughter had a fever 2 days ago and a sore throat. After the fever broke she had rashes in her throat, hands and face that spread the next day all over her body. They are raised little fine red bumps and she has blisters on her nose. They do not itch. The doctor did a swab to check for strep, results are not back yet. Her energy level is fine. Any idea what this could be? At first I thought it was an allergy to Advil as it happened before but it doesn’t itch.

    • James Hubbard, MD, MPH

      How old is she? Strep, and hand, foot, and mouth come to mind. Stopping the Advil just to make sure would be prudent also.

  • 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 :-)

    • 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.

    • 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

    • 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.