Childhood rashes are very common and are often a result of a viral infection or simply due to heat, food or if you have changed your washing powder.

If a rash is very itchy, try to keep your child cool and apply calamine lotion to the skin by following the instructions. Encourage your child to rest and keep an eye on them for any signs of illnesses. Make sure your child is drinking plenty of fluids. Ask your pharmacist to recommend a cream for applying to the skin to provide relief.

If you are concerned, do the glass test, on the Meningitis page in this booklet. If the rash gets worse or any other symptoms develop seek advice from your GP or call NHS 111.

Find out more at the NHS website.

Last modified: 

10 Sep 2018