Rashes in Children 

skin rash on a child's torso

There are various rashes in children that can occur. The causes of these childhood rashes are quite broad. This page briefly discusses some of the more common childhood rashes.

Viruses are a common cause of childhood rashes. The varicella-zoster virus causes chickenpox, the paramyxovirus causes measles, the rubivirus causes rubella which is also known as German measles, and the human herpes virus 6 leads to a roseola rash.

Bacteria are also sources for the development of skin rashes in a child. Perhaps the most common is strep throat rash or it can be referred to as scarlatina or scarlet fever rash. Impetigo skin infection rash is fairly common as well in children and it is caused by the streptococcal or staphylococcal bacteria. A bacterium called Neisseria meningitides can lead to meningococcemia and a petechial skin rash. This is a rather serious health condition.

Ticks are a common source of rashes in children because of frequent exposure to the outdoor environment while playing. Skin rashes caused by tick bites occur with Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease. Mites result in a scabies skin rash. Ringworm is another type of skin rash that can affect children and is a fungal skin rash. Athlete’s foot is also a fungal skin rash that often appears in children.

There are numerous other common childhood rashes. Rashes may develop due to exposure to a food allergen or an allergic reaction to an insect bite. A diaper rash is also a common occurrence with toddlers. Eczema and various forms of dermatitis occur regularly in children. Children are sensitive to heat and excessive sweating can lead to the formation of a heat rash.

As illustrated above, there are many different types of skin rashes that can occur in children and trying to find the cause may be difficult. Therefore, it is very important to seek the advice of a physician when a skin rash appears on a child. The rash may be due to sometime minor or it may indicate that a more serious health problem is occurring.

The pictures of skin rashes page on this website provides additional skin rash information.


Another useful resource is the diagnose my skin rash page which provides detailed information on a number of different types of skin rashes.

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