I love babies, and I especially love chubby babies with rolls. So cute, but in between those little skin folds lay many unwanted treasures such as drool, sweat, food, dirt... and in the summer months these can turn out to become red and inflamed. Heat rash is common among babies and children as it begins to heat up outside. It usually occurs in areas of the skin which are covered by clothing or hair. The body gets overheated, and over-sweats, causing a blockage in the sweat glands. Then the sweat produced can not get to the surface of the skin to evaporate. A heat rash is a red or pink patch on the skin and it tends to feel itchy or prickly, for some it comes out in hives or even welts. Babies suffer with it because their sweat glands may not have matured enough to be able to function properly in hot weather. Unfortunately, adults are prone to breaking as well! We actually just had an experience with my husband who broke out in a red heat rash in his armpits ( sorry babe for sharing) but I think we all have experienced this before... UNPLEASANT!
So let's discuss how to resolve this uncomfortable, inevitable summer bummer.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
A red rash anywhere on the body, including face, neck and head.
For babies and infants the rash is usually between the folds.
Baths!! Warm baths are soothing to the skin, you want the water to be just above body temperature ( too cold could cause shock).
Essential Oil Bath: Eucalyptus Radiata & Lavender
These oils are a cooling combination in baths. Make a mix of them using equal parts. For example, I store a small 2ml vial in the bathroom during summer months which I refill. I add 10drops of Lavender & 10 drops of Eucalyptus. Mix well (not by shaking, by swirling). Use this guide for the bath:
Up to 2years 1 drop of the mix
2-7 years 2 drops of the mix
8-10 years 3 drops of the mix
10 years + 4 drops of the mix
Dilute the essential oil mix in 2 teaspoons of carrier oil or milk for a bath. Add the diluted mix to the bath and swish the water around in a figure eight movement. Shut the door to keep the aroma in.
*For younger children you can follow the below guide and see how your child responds. Newborn-6 months: take 1 drop of the new mix (The EO's & carrier oil) and use a quarter of this. 6 months- 2 years: 1 drop of the new mix and use half of this
Baking Soda Bath
Just using Lavender oil add the below measurements to baking soda and mix them well together. Then add to the bath the same way you did for the essential oil mix. Make sure you mix the essential oil and the baking soda first!
Up to 2 years 1/4 baking soda & 1 drop lavender
2- 7 years 1/2 cup baking soda & 2 drops lavender
8-10 years 1/2 cup baking soda & 3 drops lavender
10 years + 1 cup baking soda & 4 drops lavender
*if you are out of lavender you can also try Roman Chamomile
FOR ADULTS I JUST DILUTE 1-2 DROPS OF EACH OIL IN CARRIER OIL AND RUB ON THE AREA EFFECTED.
Try to keep prone areas dry. Use a light cotton cloth to absorb the sweat. Keeping babies and infants cool, with loose fitting cotton clothing. When ever possible let effected areas be exposed to the air. Avoid using products which will block the pores. If issue persists try changing your laundry detergent, there can sometimes be ingredients which can cause the skin to worsen due to these products which respond to heat and sweat.
WHEN TO GET HELP
If none of the above is working. Your baby/child seems to be in pain. Any further signs of trouble like fever vomiting, head pain, continuous crying. The remedies above are to help calm and soothe the skin.