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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  • kayla

    Can anyone tell me what this looks like

  • Brandon

    My 1 year old has fevers to 100 .6 and and lil rashes that come and go inside her elbow and knees legs thighs stomach and back but not all places at once but she acts like nothing is wrong and she’s not itchy I don’t know its been 3 days going to doc tomorrow

    • James Hubbard, MD, MPH

      Good idea, Brandon.

  • Liz

    My 6 year old daughter developed a raised rash on her cheeks, forehead and nose. She has red dots on her tongue. She has a very small case of the sniffles. But she has no fever no cough, shes been herself eating well….not sure what this can be??? Any feedback will be greatly appreciated!

  • amber

    my 1 year old daughter has a rash that appeared only on the back of her left leg all the way from the bottom part of her diaper to the back of her knee seemed like it went away then its back worse looking?

    • James Hubbard, MD, MPH

      Could be numerous things. If no fever, maybe a contact allergic reaction? Maybe call her doctor’s office.

  • Jessica

    My for year old has this redness rash spreading from her chin to her cheeks now what can I do

    • James Hubbard, MD, MPH

      Call your doctor.

  • 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.