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Tips for Helping a Child with a Skin Condition

13th November 2014

A baby, or toddler’s skin is ultra sensitive and can react to many various different things. If your child has noticeably red, itchy, swollen or bumpy patches of skin on their body, then there is a possibility that they may have picked up a skin infection or a skin condition that will need treating.

Here are five of the most common skin conditions found amongst babies and young children, and what’s best to do if your child should come into contact with any one of them.


Despite vaccinations available, chickenpox remains a very common skin condition amongst children is chickenpox, however, once you have it, you develop an immunity, so hopefully won’t catch it again.

Recognisable by its red spots that form an itchy rash and spread quickly, they can then blister, burst before they dry out and crust over into scabs that fall off. This cycle last approximately 7-10 days.

This skin condition is highly contagious, so make sure your child uses separate towels and keep them away from other children or family members, who may not have had chickenpox yet.


One in five children in the UK suffer from it, with many developing it even before their first birthday. Eczema, more closely atopic eczema, is one of the most common skin conditions amongst children that can lead into adulthood.

Dry, itchy, red and/or cracked skin are all classic signs of eczema, with patches often appearing on the neck, eyelids, elbows and behind the knees.

Certain foods, animal dander, sweating dust mites and certain soaps can all cause irritation and trigger eczema to flare up.


Caused by bacteria, Impetigo is an infection characterised by its red sores and blisters that mostly show up around the mouth and nose area of the face. Impetigo is spread through sharing the same towels and close contact. The fluid filled blisters can break and weep followed by a crust that forms over the top. Your child may be tempted to itch at the affected area, but try and make sure the don’t in order to speed up the healing time. If you suspect that your child may have impetigo, visit your GP as soon as possible so you can be prescribed with an antibiotic pill or ointment.


Although it sounds nasty, ringworm is a common skin infection that children easily pick up from skin-to-skin contact with either another person or an animal. It is caused by a fungus that thrives off dead hair, skin and nail tissue.

It usually forms as an itchy, red, scaly rash commonly found on the feet, scalp and groin areas but can be easily treated with antifungal tablets and creams.

Prickly heat

With young children, especially newborn babies, there is a tendency to wrap them up in lots of layers to keep them warm. However, if they get too warm and start to sweat, they can easily start to suffer from a prickly heat rash. This will form as tiny red bumps, that may blister, mainly on the neck, head and shoulders. Make sure you dress your child in loose cotton clothing to avoid this, but if they already have a heat rash, use calamine lotion or a low-strength hydrocortisone cream to help soothe it.

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