The scorching sun, soaring temperatures, and the uncontrollable sweat tantamount to itching and rashes. Even a couple of hours spent under the blazing sun could trigger those tiny red rashes on your baby’s skin. Miliaria, as it is known medically, is pretty common among babies which are not a grave medical condition. But it is something that needs proper care. Instead of picking up a topical corticosteroid or using an anti-allergic medication, it would be advisable to try out these time-tested home remedies.
Some of the areas of the body which are affected by this problem are face, neck, back, body, forehead, chest and cheeks. Over the counter medicines in the form of baby powder, medicated baby oil, lotion, and creams do help. Here we would not discuss them but would see some of the top herbs and daily used items that could help in this problem.
With most of these ingredients available in your kitchen shelf, you will be able to soothe your newborn pretty quick. Read on to know more about these grandma’s solutions.
Natural Ways to Heal Heat Rashes in Babies
1. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer rich in vitamin E, lauric acid, and various antioxidants. Along with hydrating the affected area, its anti-irritant nature soothes the itchy skin. In addition, it promotes quicker healing and regeneration of the skin. Just apply the oil on the affected area 3 to 4 times daily for faster healing in infants.
2. Sesame Seed Oil
Sesame seed oil, akin to coconut oil, locks in the moisture in your skin. It is a wonderful natural skin moisturizer for those with an extremely dry skin. While it is slightly viscous and sticky, its humectant nature along with anti-inflammatory properties helps in easing the goose bumps caused by the sun quickly.
The natural antiseptic spice Turmeric in your kitchen has the reputation of being a powerful anti-inflammatory solution also. Mix it with a little coconut oil and apply on the heat rashes to ward off itching and redness and promote healing.
4. Chickpea Flour
Chickpea flour has been used since time unknown by Indian women as a substitute for baby soap. Along with its anti-inflammatory properties, it also helps in eliminating the dust, if any, that would have clogged in the rash. Prepare a paste with a little turmeric and yogurt and apply it on the affected area. Wash off with lukewarm water after the mixture dries up.
5. Castor Oil
The greasy nature of castor oil makes it an effective natural antidote for the itchy heat rash. In addition, it has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties which prevent the outbreak of any infections due to constant scratching. It eases the itching sensation, setting the stage for healing.
7. Aloe Vera
The skin hydrating and antiseptic properties along its powerful anti-bacterial properties enable aloe gel to work wonders in easing the rashes triggered by the scorching sun. Mix it with honey and apply it over the affected area to ease the itching and inflammation. It also works effectively in warding off the effects of sunburn.
8. Raw Potato
Chilled raw potato slices are known to work magically in easing the itchy sun affected skin. Cool the sliced potatoes and then place it on the rashes to do calm down the irritating skin.
Colloidal oatmeal is one of the most commonly advised natural solutions for rashes induced by the sun. Blend 1 cup oatmeal with 1 cup water to prepare colloidal mixture. Dissolve this in a tub filled with warm water and allow your baby to sit in this mixture for about 15 to 25 minutes to promote healing. Alternatively, a mixture of oats, honey, and yogurt can be applied on the heat rashes. Wash off the mixture after 15 to 20 minutes to promote healing.
Yogurt is a natural skin healer. It moisturizes the skin, alleviates itching, eases inflammation, and could even help in keeping the skin scar-free. Mix it with a little honey and apply on the prickly heat rashes your baby has and wait for a couple of minutes before wiping with a damp cloth.
11. Cold Water
This is one the simplest solutions you could try that does not have any side effects. Chill a mug of water by adding a handful of ice cubes to it. Dip a soft, clean cloth in this chilled water and place the cloth over the itching skin of your baby to put her at ease.
Honey has natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties. In addition, it is a humectant too. Apply this sticky golden liquid over the affected area by making it a little lighter with a little water. Wait for 20 minutes before washing off with lukewarm water.
The vitamin E in almonds gifts it the power of healing. It moisturizes the skin and soothes the itching. It also calms down the inflammation and promotes healing. Grind a handful of soaked almonds with a little water to make a fine paste. Mix about 1 tbsp unsweetened yogurt to this almond paste and apply it on the prickly heat rash. Wait for 15 minutes before cleaning with a damp washcloth.
These lycopene rich juicy fruits offer quick healing from rashes induced by the scorching sun. It also eliminates the chances of oxidative damages, thus shielding your baby from infections. Apply freshly pureed tomatoes on the rashes and wash off after 20 minutes for faster healing.
The use of neem or margosa leaves for skin issues is widely prevalent across India. Well-known for its antibacterial, anti-itching, antiviral, anti-irritant, and antifungal properties, the leaves of margosa along with coconut oil and turmeric powder works effectively in healing the rashes. Add a handful of cleaned neem leaves to boiling water and use it to bathe your baby. You could also crush neem leaves and mix it with turmeric powder and coconut oil and apply it on the affected area to ease the rashes.
16. Shea Butter
Shea butter is a natural moisturizer. In addition, it has rich antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties, making it an effective solution for prickly heat in babies.
17. Lavender Essential Oil
Allow the rich skin soothing properties of lavender essential oil to work wonders on your baby’s skin. Add a few drops of this antibacterial oil to lukewarm water. Dip a clean cloth in this water and dab on the itchy skin to soothe the skin.
Faqs on Prickly Heat
Is prickly heat rash a serious problem?
It is not a very serious or life threatening problem. However, if a baby is suffering from this condition, it means he is too hot. Measures should be taken to prevent serious conditions like heat stroke or exhaustion. Due to rise in temperature, there is a danger of dehydration. Steps should be taken to cool off the baby.
What causes heat rash in babies??
Due to humid or hot temperature, a child sweats in order to cool down the body. If the sweat are not able to evaporate or dry off quickly, it clogs the pores. Due to this, a child gets rashes. Due to the less developed sweat glands, babies are more prone to this problem. Some parents are over protective due to which they put heavy clothes on babies to protect them from outside temperature. Sometimes due to this, the sweat gets trapped inside the clothes which are real cause of these rashes.
Oil massage is another reason for this problem. A massage should be accompanied by bath which washes off extra oil and skin could breathe again.
Is prickly heat rash painful?
In most cases, it is not painful but is itching which could irritate the baby. To prevent injury from itching, trim off his nails. Most of these rashes clear off in few days with little care.
While these natural remedies is safe and free from side effects, it is advisable to take your baby to the doctor if the rashes and irritation persist after 24 hours.
Can prickly heat rash spread?
It does not spread by touch. These are not contagious. It is best to avoid direct sunlight as it could increase the burning sensation and could increase its itchiness. It the blister is leaking, contact with any form of chemically treated liquid should be avoided.
What one could use to stop itching?
Applying sandalwood mixed with milk on the infected area gives relief from itching. Remember to keep the infected area dry for fast relief. Wash the surface with cold water after 15-20 minutes.
In some cases, slight fever might accompany the problem. See a dermatologist or a pediatrician if the problem lasts long and is not cured by natural ways. This infection primarily happens in hot or humid summer due to excessive sweating. However, people do get it in winter too. Children are infected from it more than adults as their sweat glands are not fully developed.
How do you handle prickly heat rashes in your baby? Have you tried any natural remedies? Share with us!