- This rash is often referred to as ‘prickly heat’ or ‘heat rash’.
- Appear as tiny clear or red bumps in the skin usually on the head, neck and upper trunk.
- Caused by blocked sweat ducts and leakage of sweat and debris into the skin.
- Babies have more immature sweat ducts that burst with excessive sweat production.
- Treatment :
- Decrease sweating and relieve the blocked sweat ducts by wearing loose, airy clothing.
- Avoid overheating, air-conditioning would be preferable.
- Frequent bathing or wet with water frequently.
Erythema toxicum neonatorum
- Despite what the name ‘toxicum’ suggests, this is a benign rash.
- It seems to be a result of the skin’s regulatory mechanisms adjusting to life outside the uterus.
- Usually presents within the first two weeks of life. During the first few days, blotchy red rashes are found, followed by firm yellowish bumps surrounded by a red flare.
- The rash tends to come and go, shifting its location across the body. The palms and soles are often left out.
- This condition may be confused with more serious infections of the skin.
- No treatment is required.
|Last reviewed||:||27 April 2012|
|Content Writer||:||Dr. Irene Cheah Guat Sim|
|Dr. Terrence Thomas|
|Dr. Umathevi Paramasivam|
|Reviewer||:||Dr. Sabeera Begum bt. Kader Ibrahim|