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4 Common Childhood Rashes – What to Expect and How to Manage Them

As a Canadian registered nurse, I see rashes on children all year-around, with a surge in the summer months where Canadians spend more time in nature and are closer to environmental irritants (Carson & Spence, 2010). Generally, most of these rashes are harmless and require no intervention, causing discomfort and redness for only a couple days before fading away (Tinsley, 2016). However, there are still a few rashes that should be taken seriously by parents like yourself, and treated as a sign of a potentially more serious illness. This post will cover four of these rash-generating illnesses: Fifth disease, Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease, Impetigo, and Scabies.

From my nursing experience, these four rash-generating illnesses are common but are also largely unknown to parents. To help you avoid such uncertainty if your child is diagnosed with one of these four illnesses, I want to share with you some key nursing knowledge. Specifically, this nursing knowledge will entail (1) what to expect during the course of the disease, and (2) how to successfully manage the disease from home Р All information that I hope you will find helpful in getting your little one feeling better! Continue Reading