• What to look out for

    A rash on your child’s skin can be caused by a number of things.  Infections and allergies usually cause rashes which last less than two weeks.

    There are many rashes which last for more than two weeks including  eczema, psoriasis and nappy rash.



  • What can you do

    You need to bring your child to the doctor to get their rash diagnosed properly.  You may need to see a dermatologist for some rashes and for tests such as skin or blood allergy tests to identify if your child is allergic to something.

    Avoid using creams especially steroids on your child’s rash unless advised to do so by your doctor as steroids can often make rashes worse.

    Don’t exclude important food that you suspect may be causing the rash from your child’s diet without discussing it with your doctor.

  • When to seek help

    You will need to see your doctor to get your child’s rash diagnosed properly.

    But it is important to remember that it is unlikely that your child will need antibiotics for their rash.

    Common causes of more long term rashes in children include: