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.