Skin rash in children can be caused due to a variety of factors. Bacterial infection, reaction to vaccination, sunburn, fungal infections and eczema are just some of the common causes. In children, certain types of rash can be symptoms of a more serious complication. Let us examine some of the major types of skin rashes in children and their causes.
Scabbies are caused by microscopic mites. The mite buries itself into the skin and the affected child develop an allergic reaction which leads to severe itching. This is often very intense and may keep the child awake all night. Scabies almost always spreads through contact and is often prevalent in conditions of poor hygiene or over-crowded living conditions.
Impetigo is yet another form of skin affliction which spreads through contact. Injured skin or lesions caused by scratching opens up the skin making it vulnerable to the entry of disease causing bacteria.
Cosmetic products and perfumes contain chemical substances obtained from resins. Even some of the lotions used in first aid may contain Neomycin sulfate. The same compound is used in certain cosmetic products too. But, the ill effects of the perfume on your skin can be avoided. Avoid using them directly on the skin wherever possible or switch to safer products which are derived from organic sources.
Reaction to a drug is another common cause of rash in children. This often occurs when OTC drugs are administrated without checking if the child is allergic to a particular medicine. When the rash breaks out and its cause is determined, your doctor will decide on a course of treatment. In some cases the rash will subside when the child stops taking that particular medication.