If your child woke up with a rash all over their body, the first thing you want to do is check with their physician to make sure it's not contagious. Once you've determined what type of rash your child has, you'll want to reduce the redness and stop the itching. Their physician may prescribe medications to stop the itch, but your child may still experience minor itching and discomfort while the rash is healing. This is particularly true if the effects of the medication wear off before it's time for the next dose. You'll need to be ready with an arsenal of anti-itch remedies. Here are three ways to calm the itch of a child's rash.
Cool Mist Humidifier
Dry air can actually make a childhood rash feel worse, especially if it dries out the skin more than it already is. Place a cool mist humidifier in your child's room. The cool air will soothe their dry skin and help calm the redness and itching.
If your child's rash only covers small areas of their body, try providing them with ice packs. Ice acts as a natural anti-inflammatory, which will help reduce the swelling of the rash. In addition, it can also help alleviate any skin tenderness that might be associated with the rash.
You can make reusable ice packs by placing one part water and two parts rubbing alcohol in a resealable plastic bag. Place the bag in the freezer for several hours. The rubbing alcohol will prevent the ice from freezing into a solid state. Instead, it will freeze into a soft, slushy consistency that's perfect for placing on tender skin.
If your child has a rash over most of their body, aloe vera gel will help relieve the itching and inflammation. Aloe vera contains an ingredient known as B-sitosterol, which is a natural anti-inflammatory agent. It also helps relieve itching associated with rashes. Have your child soak in a lukewarm bath for about 15 minutes. Once they're out of the tub, pat them dry with a soft towel. Don't rub with the towel or you could irritate the rash. Once they're dry, apply a generous amount of aloe vera gel to the affected areas of their body. Reapply the gel several times a day to keep the itch under control.
The uncontrollable itching of a childhood rash can make your child downright uncomfortable. The simple solutions provided here will help you keep the itch under control. If your child's rash continues to spread, or they develop a high fever, be sure to contact a children's clinic as soon as possible.