Updated 17 September 2015

Hit that heat rash

Prickly heat, a common heat-related skin rash, often occurs in children during summer.


Prickly heat is 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 your child comfortably cool and avoid dressing her in tight fitting clothing in hot weather

- Choose natural fabrics as these allow easier movement of air across the skin than artificial fibres

- If it’s very hot, make sure your child plays inside, or in the shade; give her plenty of liquids to prevent dehydration

- Use talcum powder or corn starch in her skin creases.

Read more:

How to manage skin problems
Your lifestyle and your skin


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