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19 December 2012

Heat rash in summer

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With summer temperatures staying above the 30 degrees Celsius mark, young children run a real risk of developing prickly heat, a common heat-related skin rash. It’s a pimply, red skin eruption, which is most noticeable in the folds of the skin and on parts of the body where clothing or nappies fit snugly.

Take action:

Keep children comfortably cool and avoid dressing them in tight fitting clothing; choose natural fabrics as these allow easier movement of air across the skin; if it’s very hot, make sure the kids play inside, or in the shade; give them plenty of liquids to prevent dehydration; and use talcum powder or corn starch in their skin creases. 

 
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