Health Tip: Help Prevent Heat Rash

-- Heat rash is a bumpy red rash that occurs during hot and humid weather when baby's sweat glands become blocked.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine offers these suggestions to help prevent heat rash:

  • Make sure baby wears cotton clothes that are light and cool.
  • If you don't have air conditioning, run a fan in baby's room. But don't aim the fan directly at baby.
  • Don't use baby powder for this purpose, since it does nothing to prevent heat rash.
  • Similarly, don't coat baby's skin in a cream or ointment.

Posted: May 2010


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