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Now that the summer is well underway, many babies will get that uncomfortable rash that we call heat rash, prickly heat, or sometimes milaria. Heat rash is extremely common, and is caused by blocked sweat ducts. The result is that that sweat becomes trapped under the skin, leading to those horrible red bumps. If your baby has prickly heat how do you remedy it at home, preferably quickly? 

  • When my baby had heat rash for the first time, a friend who had lived in India suggested that I rub turmeric all over the affected areas of the skin. Fresh turmeric works best, but since we did not have access to that, I used powered turmeric which I made into a paste with water. It looks weird, but the rash disappeared very quickly. This home remedy helps you wave goodbye to prickly heat really quickly.
  • Another home remedy is bathing your baby with an added secret ingredient something nearly everyone already has in their kitchen. What is it? Baking soda! Baking soda is a great remedy for many things, including frequent episodes of heartburn in pregnancy, and diaper rash. Try it for prickly heat, too.
  • Because heat rashes tend to develop and turn into bad blisters if you don't remedy them quickly, an ice pack is a good thing to have on hand as well. This keeps the skin from sweating and promotes the healing of milaria.
  • Prevent the skin from being wet. This encourages healing. You can do this with baking soda or turmeric. Others use talcum powder on the spots that were attacked by heat rash.
  • Chamomile is a great soother for the skin. Add chamomile tea to your baby's bath (can be combined with baking soda) to soothe the skin.
  • Another alternative to ice packs is taking cold showers, which is also very pleasant during this very hot weather.

Are you looking for more summer articles? See Swimming with kids? Beware of drowning! And keep checking back, because we will bring you new summer articles throughout the hot season!

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