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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  • Stacie Sosa

    I have a 2 year old who has been sick for a few months with these symptoms (loss of appetite, hyperactive, pale, purple circles under the eyes, red glossy eyes, diarrhea, no sleeping, bruising,mild fever usually around 101.1 petechiea rash on his right forearm) They have ran numerous blood test all were normal. The most recent one came back with abnormal inflammatory markers and was referred to All Children’s. He is being seen on the 10th. His rash will start to turn brown as if it were trying to heal, then come back. He just took a nap and woke up with it twice as big. He also has a lump on the right side of his throat.

    • James Hubbard, MD, MPH

      I’m so sorry, Stacie. It does some specialist care to rule out rare problems.

  • nicole

    Hey, my 2 year old has a red bump rash all over his leg. Just curious if
    you may know what it is. He has no fever and is acting fine. We were at a relatives house playing in the yard and there were tons of shrubbery. I just want to make sure it is not poison ivy or oak.

  • Sandy

    My daughter had fifth’s disease when she was 3, not long after that she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Did that ever happen to anyone you know of? It could be a coincidence, but I have always wondered.

    • James Hubbard, MD, MPH

      I don’t know of any known linkage. Since fifth disease is so common in children and since type 1 diabetes often begins in childhood, I would think it more likely was a coincidence.


    becareful and do not under estimate Fifth’s… it doesn’t effect childred harshly but It does effect Adults alot difrerently. I caught Fifth’s from my daughter after my nephew gave it to her. It like to kill me.. knocked by blood cell count way down both red & white also my bone marrow. I swool up with 10lbs of fluid. There were test after test until they tested me for it.. a bit old Positive.. I was out of work for 1 week and it took me about 3 months to totally recover. Not fun.

  • 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