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My child has developed a rash

Most rashes in children are harmless. However, if your child has a rash that looks like tiny popped blood vessels or bruises beneath the skin, and the spots do not disappear briefly when you press on them, this could represent a serious bacterial infection requiring immediate medical evaluation, especially if the rash is accompanied by fever. Please call us immediately.

If your child is on an antibiotic and has developed a raised, itchy rash that looks like mosquito bites and seems to be “moving around” (i.e. spots coming and going), this could represent an allergic reaction. Do not give any further antibiotic doses. Take a photo of the rash. Give a dose of Benadryl and a lukewarm Aveeno oatmeal bath. Benadryl may be given every 6hrs as needed. Contact our office in the morning to schedule an appointment, and bring the photo with you. If your child develops any swelling of the mouth/tongue/face, difficulty breathing, throat itching or tightness, wheezing, or vomiting, please call us and/or EMS, depending on the severity of your child’s immediate condition.