Prickly heat is common among babies, especially during summer. It’s also called heat rash, characterized by tiny, red bumps on the skin, in body parts where heat often gets trapped. These body parts include armpits, buttocks, and neck. They may not be painful, but this condition can result in something even more serious, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke if left unaddressed.
Being informed can help you treat this condition properly. Having Salt Lake City’s AC repair services like Whipple Service Champions check your system can be of help.
Here’s what you need to know about prickly heat.
Why Heat Rash Happens
There are many factors that trigger prickly heat. For one, a hot, humid environment causes it. That’s why it’s important to pay close attention to your baby’s temperature when going outside in the heat of the day or during summertime.
Utah health experts add that heat rash may also be triggered by the clothes your baby wears. Overdressing or using too heavy fabrics could cause the baby to sweat excessively. Given that they have small pores, these could easily get clogged and trap sweat under the skin, causing those tiny, red bumps.
How to Treat Heat Rash
If you think your baby’s having prickly heat, cool them down immediately. Keep them away from heat sources. These could be a hot environment or bundles of clothing. Remove extra clothing or loosen them up to let the skin breathe. Dress babies in light fabrics instead, like cotton to let the air circulate freely and allow them to sweat easily.
If you’re outdoors, move them to a shaded area. Or when at home, make sure to keep a cool temperature at their nursery room during summer. Remember that your AC needs regular maintenance not just to increase the thermal comfort for your baby, but to also improve indoor air quality.
You may also use a cool, damp washcloth to help cool down the skin. Pat this in warm areas of the body and don’t forget to dry with a towel to make sure the moisture doesn’t stay and get trapped. Use the washcloth also to remove oils and creams you may have used in certain areas of the baby’s body. These chemicals may also be the reason for prickly heat, blocking sweat ducts.
Heat rash is common among babies, so know what to do with them and more importantly, how to prevent them. If the problem persists though, contact your pediatrician.