Prickly Heat

Prickly Heat (aka heat rash aka miliaria) No major consequences or long-term effects Best treatment:  cool & dry the skin Presents as fine red to reddish pin-point sized rash Symptoms: may be asymptomatic or itching, burning, stinging               (easily treated) Anti-itching products: antihistamines, hydrocortisone, calamine, astringents, baths/soaks (oatmeal, body washes) Astringents = witch hazel & aluminum … Continue reading

Diaper Dermatitis

Diaper dermatitis (diaper rash) = due to presence of a diaper or other occlusive covering of the inguinal & genital areas Best treatment: keep baby clean & dry May occur in any age group using diapers Unlikely to be life threatening or cause permanent injury Rapid onset (within a few hours);  resolution takes a couple … Continue reading

Pediatric GI Issues (OTC Treatments)

PEDIATRIC GI ISSUES Gripe = sharp spasmodic pain in the bowel Gripe is a symptom of colic Colic = a syndrome where a healthy baby cries or screams frequently for extended periods of time for no apparent reason Usually occurs between 4 weeks to 8 months of age May repeat on a schedule (same time … Continue reading

Pediatric Infections

Methods of taking temperature:  digital, temporal artery, ear (not as good), pacifiers (not as good) When to treat: If the child is under 3 months of age:  seek immediate attention when 100.4 or higher (rectally) Also seek immediate attention if there are signs of a serious infection or other illness Treat if the temp is … Continue reading