Posted on 11/29/2016
There are many
skin disorders that can affect pediatric patients. The appearance of a rash on your child
might be alarming, but the pediatric specialists at the emergency care
department can quickly figure out the cause of the problem and recommend
effective treatment options. If your family is in the Las Vegas area,
you can rely on Sunrise Children’s Hospital to provide high-quality
emergency care on a 24/7 basis.
If your baby has bright red skin on his or her bottom, diaper rash could
be the culprit. Diaper rash can usually be treated at home, although new
parents might consider bringing the baby to the pediatric ER if they have
never seen diaper rash before. Additionally, a baby should be evaluated
by a pediatrician if the rash doesn’t resolve after a few days,
appears severe or atypical, is accompanied by a fever, or bleeds or oozes.
To prevent and treat diaper rash, parents should change the baby’s
diaper promptly when it becomes soiled and keep the baby’s skin
clean and dry. Daily bathing and over-the-counter diaper rash products
can be helpful, although a pediatrician may be consulted before using
any products on the baby for the first time.
Fifth disease, also known as
erythema infectiosum, is caused by a parvovirus. Usually, the illness first presents with a headache, fever, and runny
nose. After a few days, the child may display a red rash on the face,
which may be followed by a rash on the torso or limbs. Emergency medicine
physicians can recommend treatments to improve the child’s comfort
while the illness runs its course.
Atopic dermatitis is a common type of eczema that often develops in infancy.
It is generally indicated by red, dry, itchy patches of skin. The itching
can be intense, possibly causing aggressive and frequent scratching. Excessive
scratching can result in blisters and oozing, crusting sores. For children
with eczema, pediatricians may prescribed medicated creams and recommend
changes to the child’s skin care routine.
Sunrise Children’s Hospital features the largest pediatric emergency care facility in the Las Vegas
area. From newborns to teens, our emergency care team treats patients
with all sorts of medical emergencies. If your child has a medical emergency,
call 911 right away. A registered nurse at our children’s hospital
can answer non-emergent inquiries at (702) 233-5437.