What Types of Skin Rashes Are Common for Children?


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Common skin rashes in children have causes from sunscreen, antibacterial soap, eczema, baby wipes and laundry detergent, according to WebMD. Shampoo and conditioner, fabric softener and household cleaners also commonly cause rashes in children.

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Sunscreen is one cause for skin rashes in children, especially if the child has sensitive skin, explains WebMD. Parents should choose a sunscreen free of para-aminobenzoic acid, and for children over the age of 6 months, choose an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen that fights both UVA and UVB rays. Kids may develop a rash from antibacterial soap due to triclosan, an ingredient that can irritate the skin.

Eczema is a common condition where the skin may become red and irritated, and some moisturizers may irritate the skin even more, states WebMD. In this case, parents should only use mild soap on the child's skin, and then pat, not rub, the skin dry before applying a lotion from a pediatrician. Baby wipes may also cause irritation and rashes, and some contain a preservative that may cause contact dermatitis on babies. A better option is to use washcloths. Babies can also develop a rash from laundry detergent, especially detergent with perfumes and dyes, so parents should only wash a baby's clothing in dye and fragrance-free detergent.

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