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.

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Petechiae

(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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  • Momma

    My 5 month old son woke from a nap with a leaky diaper. I changed him and removed his onsie and found several tiny red bumps on his chest and back, his hands, legs and feet swollen. My dad says sound like an allegic reaction and to call the dr. They haven’t called back yet. He had a temp last week of 100.6 for a day and slight cough. Should I take him to urgent care? Or wait for it to clear up?

    • http://thesurvivaldoctor.com/ James Hubbard, MD, MPH

      If he has a regular doctor, I”d call. If no or he’s getting worse, take him to an urgent care.

  • Sasha

    My 12 year old daughter has red bums mostly on her hips,back and butt. She says that they ich, her eyes are now ichy and I don’t know what caused it. We are going to go to the doctor but still. We do have a parrot in the house. But nirther do I or my husband have the red bumps.

    • Sasha

      I meant Bumps

      • http://thesurvivaldoctor.com/ James Hubbard, MD, MPH

        Sasha, please let us know what the doctor says. If I were to guess, I’d say she’s allergic to something but what, it’s hard to know. I would start thinking about possibilities such as new clothes, detergents, soaps, lotion, food, or anything else she might have been newly exposed to lately. And yes, the parrot especially if it’s new.

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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.

    • http://thesurvivaldoctor.com/ 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.

    • http://thesurvivaldoctor.com/ 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….

        • http://thesurvivaldoctor.com/ 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

    • http://thesurvivaldoctor.com/ 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. http://www.thesurvivaldoctor.com/2012/06/14/poison-ivy-home-remedies/

  • 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

    • http://thesurvivaldoctor.com/ 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

    • http://thesurvivaldoctor.com/ 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