A rash is a change in the skin usually characterized by inflammation, redness, itching, or raised bumps, though rashes can take on a variety of appearances. Rashes in children are common, and can result from irritation; disease; reaction to foods, chemicals, plants, animals, or a variety of environmental factors. Most childhood rashes are harmless, but some rashes can be a sign of a more serious problem, and require urgent care.

Childhood illnesses that often occur in association with a rash are:

  • Chicken pox
  • Measles
  • Rubella
  • Scarlet Fever
  • Impetigo
  • Eczema
  • Diaper Rash
  • Heat Rash
  • Newborn acne

Though rashes are rarely dangerous, parents should consult a pediatrician or urgent care doctor to diagnose their child, as rashes have so many potential causes and associations. At Urgent Care LA, our doctors will examine your child’s rash and medical history, and will determine whether the rash is harmless, or is the result of a more serious illness. Some rashes may be treated with antibiotics, antihistamines, or cortisone creams.

This is not a substitute for a professional, on-site medical diagnosis. Visit your doctor or other healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis of your condition.