Prickly Heat Treatment in Children

What is Prickly Heat?

Prickly heat is a small red rash and prominent itchy and can cause stinging or burning sensation on the skin. Prickly heat is also known as heat rash or MiliariaIt  is not only common in babies, but adults can also experience when the weather is hot or humid temperature environment. usually prickly heat treatment in children doesn't need medical help, you can treat it by yourself at home.

Prickly Heat Treatment in Children

Prickly heat is one of the skin problems that often occur in babies. Initial symptoms can be seen on the red spots that appear on smooth skin around the face, neck, back, chest, and thighs. If exposed to direct sunlight and very annoying itch.

The medical world themselves called prickly heat with Millaria. The signs initially out of red spots like spots of water, then spread wide and forming reddish patches on the skin. It usually occurs on the skin covered by clothing or skin folds. Sweat congested causes the prickly heat.

Causes of prickly heat


  • Prickly heat is commonly appear while the summer. Especially when the child wrapped in clothes made in not absorb sweat materials, and his body was hermetically sealed.
  • Sweat glands are underdeveloped. The case of prickly heat more easily occurs in babies, especially in baby who are being warmed with an incubator, hot clothes, or have a fever. Babies do not have sweat glands that are already fully developed and can sometimes make the sweat stuck under the skin.


What is the symptoms prickly heat?

The location of heat rash usually appears on the neck, and sometimes in the armpit, elbow crease, and groin. In some cases it will Also appear in the folds of skin rubbing against clothing.
There are several types of prickly by differences in severity, Signs and symptoms also vary for each type.

Here are the different types Prickly Heat are known.


  • Miliary crystalline. This is the kind of prickly heat of the lightest, which affects only the sweat ducts of the top skin layer. Signs and symptoms are nodules contain colored clear liquid that is easily broken. This condition is more likely to happen to infants compared to adults. Contrary to the commonly understood, prickly heat this type are usually not itchy and painless.
  • Miliaria rubra. Prickly heat of this kind appear in the deeper layers of skin and usually occurs in areas with hot temperatures or damp. Signs and symptoms of this condition are itching and stinging sensation accompanied by the appearance of red nodule. Sweat also be reduced in the affected part. The skin will be inflamed and sore as a result of perspiration that can not get out of the skin surface.
  • Pustular miliaria. This is a development of miliaria rubra which nodules inflamed and filled with pus.
  • Miliary deep. This is the kind of prickly heat of the most rare and affect the dermis, the skin layer deeper. Prickly heat of this type can be chronic and often recur. This condition is more likely to occur in after physical activity that generates a lot of sweat. Signs are emerging as a result of this condition is a red nodule larger and harder.

how long does heat rash last?

Prickly heat or Heat Rush is generally not a condition that requires medical treatment. This condition can usually be recovered by itself in a few days by cooling the skin and avoid exposure to heat.

Immediately see a doctor if the rash looks more and more severe, symptoms persist long enough, or you notice any signs of infection, such as:

  • Fever and chills.
  • The pain grew longer.
  • The pus out of pimples and bumps rash.
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the armpits and groin.


How do you prevent heat rash?

Here are tips to keep children healthy in order to avoid the prickly heat itch:

  • Having More showers

Routine shower or wash your skin and keeping it dry, especially on the part covered by clothing, prevent the formation of prickly heat. Children who live in tropical regions, especially being the dry season needs more showers and dried with a clean towel.

  • Choose thin clothes that absorb sweat

Better to choose clothing made from cotton rather than synthetic materials (polyester), so perfectly absorbed sweat. In addition, children's wear models should be simple and not too wrapped all over the body, especially in the summer. Thus evaporation of sweat can be more smoothly.

  • Create a comfortable room temperature

Make sure the temperature of the room where children sleep and play quite comfortable. Use of a fan and a self-temperature room (AC) can help.
Prevent infection

If prickly heat already formed, skin care hygienic manner is needed to avoid infection. Use antiseptic soap every time the shower and do not forget to sprinkle special prickly heat powder.

All About Children's Health (2014) as quoted by Kompas.com, boorwater fluid can also be used to relieve prickly heat if the child is allergic to prickly heat powder or never healed. Put the liquid boorwater in cotton and apply to the affected areas of prickly heat.

Treating Prickly heat rash

Prickly heat became one of the health problems that often affect children. How to handle it?
To treat heat rash, there are some simple ways that can be done, such as the following:

Itching powder
In many pharmacies sold itching powder for infants that could help cure prickly heat. Apply the powder to the skin of the child affected by prickly heat to relieve the itch. Perform routine so prickly heat cured in a short time.

Ice Cube
Hot and humid temperatures also can lead to prickly heat. To resolve this problem, apply ice to the skin. This will help reduce inflammation and stop the itching that occurs.

The combination of sandalwood powder and coriander
Usually coriander is used as a food seasoning and sandalwood are often processed into perfume. But wait, it turns out the combination of these two materials can be used to dissipate heat rash that strikes the babies. Mix two tablespoons of sandalwood powder and coriander powder. Pour 2-3 tablespoons of rose water and stir until it turns into a paste. Apply to section taxable prickly heat and wait until dry. If so, rinse with cold water until there is nothing left. And see how this simple way would help relieve itching and cure prickly heat in a fairly short time.

Aloe vera
This Plant has many great benefits, one of which is preventing inflammation. When a child experiencing heat rash, apply aloe vera gel to the skin that has the problem. Wait for a few minutes only then rinse thoroughly. The cold sensation of aloe vera gel will reduce the itching and repel prickly heat in an instant.

Eating antihistamines. Useful antihistamines to relieve itching skin. Be sure to ask your doctor whether it is suitable for taking the drug.

The use of hydrocortisone cream. This cream is very effective to overcome the skin of experience itching and irritation. But do not use on the face and always follow the instructions on the packaging of drugs.

Wearing calamine lotion. This lotion can be bought in drug stores nearby to help relieve skin pain or irritation.

Easy, right? Healthy can be obtained from anywhere, including through home-based materials. But if the prickly heat rash does not go away, call your doctor for your child to get further treatment.

Subscribe to receive free email updates: