You can count on a lot of things during the summer: sticky popsicle fingers, the incessant smell of bug spray and sunscreen, and heat. With that heat, unfortunately, comes heat rashes. According to the Cleveland Clinic, these rashes — which can be patches of tiny bumps or red, itchy skin — are not limited to infants, as some parents believe. People of any age can develop heat rashes... even you. Luckily, heat rashes aren't inevitable annoyances on every hot day. Turns out, there are some methods for preventing heat rash in kids.
First, what is heat rash exactly? Also called "prickly heat" or "miliaria," according to the Mayo Clinic, this skin rash develops when pores become blocked, effectively trapping sweat under the skin. There are a variety of things that can cause heat rash, from excessive exercise to overheating. Infants are especially vulnerable to heat rash because of their underdeveloped sweat ducts, which "can rupture more easily, trapping perspiration beneath the skin," the Mayo Clinic noted. Though there are a few different types and severities of heat rash, the Cleveland Clinic reported that the most common symptom is small, red bumps, often in the folds of skin on the neck, armpits, and joints. As the temperature rises, take these steps to help prevent heat rash on your children, babies, and yourself.