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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: KC | 2008/07/21

Q.

Rash?

This morning I noticed a funny rash on my baby' s (eight and a half months) chest. It was a little patch of tiny red pimples. I thought it may be a heat rash so I put a little powder and did not think too much of it. This afternoon the rash has spread right across his chest and his whole chest it covered in tiny red pimples but the skin is not red, just little pimples. Now, I am not sure it is a heat rash because it is winter and when he does get a heat rash it is usually on the back of his neck. He has not had a fever or been ill so I don' t think it is Roseola. He has not eaten anything out of the ordinary either. Do you think it could be something like measles (I have never seen a measles rash before?)

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your baby has no fever and does not appear to be ill from what you have written here. The rash is probably a heat rash which can occur in winter if babies are overdressed or kept in very warm surroundings. It is usually not necessary to use any treatment for the rash and it will clear up by itself.

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