Rashes are very common in children. Some are caused by allergies such as plants (poison ivy, for example), foods, chemicals and detergents, or jewelry. Other rashes can be caused by infections caused by bacteria, viruses, and fungi. They can be localized to a specific area of the body or widespread. The spots can be raised or flat, red or other colors, itchy, round or not. They can often be associated with other symptoms and illnesses.

There are many medications that can treat rashes, given either by mouth or topically on the skin. Some medications can help relieve the symptoms of the rash while others can help address the root cause.

You should seek care for a rash if any of the following occur:

  • the rash spreads or worsens
  • it has purple spots or dots
  • it lasts longer than three days
  • there are open sores that may crust
  • is associated with other symptoms that are concerning

Want to talk to a doctor now about your child's