Common Rashes Among Children

By: Dr. Jeffrey Hsu


It's normal for children to develop rashes at some point, and it's not always a cause for concern. Most cases are harmless and can be resolved with minor care at home. However, parents need to be aware of skin issues that require medical attention from a doctor. Our professionals at Oak Dermatology can help diagnose various dermatological conditions in children, including eczema.

Are you searching for a dermatologist near me? If so, call now to meet with Dr. Jeffrey T.S. Hsu, Dr. Sharon Fang, or Dr. Ashish Bhatia and receive care from our experienced dermatologists. Our patients in Naperville, Itasca, and Joliet, IL trust us to provide effective treatment for the common rashes below.


Eczema (atopic dermatitis) presents itself as dry, itchy, and inflamed patches of skin. It appears in various areas like the face, hands, elbows, ankles, and behind the knees. In infants, eczema can also be found on the scalp.

Atopic dermatitis can be triggered by irritants or allergens such as certain soaps or fabrics. We recommend using fragrance-free, non-irritating products and moisturizing the skin to alleviate symptoms. Of course, a dermatologist can provide specialized treatment plans for severe cases, including prescription creams or oral medications.


Psoriasis is a chronic condition that causes accelerated cell turnover, leading to thick patches of red skin with silvery scales. Triggers vary by individual, but some include stress and certain medications. Family history is also a big risk factor. Treatment options for psoriasis depend on the severity of symptoms and include topical creams or oral medication. When searching for a dermatologist, Dr. Hsu or Dr. Bhatia can determine the best course of action for this common rash.


Despite the name, ringworm is simply a fungus that thrives on warm and moist skin. It appears as red, itchy rings on the body or scalp. This contagious infection spreads through contact with an infected person or by sharing personal items like towels. Fortunately, ringworm is easily treatable with antifungal medication. Oak Dermatology can provide the necessary treatment and advice to help prevent future cases.

Poison ivy and plant rashes

Rashes from poison ivy and oak are typical among children who love to play outside in Naperville, Itasca, and Joliet, IL. These plants contain an oily resin called urushiol that leads to a rash when it touches the skin. Symptoms are treated with over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams and cool compresses. Of course, families should avoid any contact with these plants in the future. Encourage your children to identify and avoid them while playing outside.

Molluscum contagiosum

Molluscum contagiosum is a skin infection caused by a virus that results in round, firm, painless bumps ranging from the size of a pinhead to a pencil eraser. These bumps can appear anywhere on the body and are typically flesh-colored with a small indent in the center. The condition is highly contagious and spreads through direct skin-to-skin contact or by touching contaminated objects. It's common among children, though it can affect individuals of any age. Unlike chickenpox, there's no vaccine for molluscum contagiosum, but the bumps usually resolve on their own within 6 – 12 months. If your child has molluscum contagiosum, it's important to prevent them from scratching the bumps to avoid secondary infections. Treatments to soothe the affected skin include topical creams.

Help your child stay healthy and virtually rash-free

A number of common rashes can develop in children, but most are easily treatable with at-home care or help from a dermatologist like Dr. Jeffrey T.S. Hsu, Dr. Sharon Fang, and Dr. Ashish Bhatia. Keep your family healthy and practically rash-free by using gentle products, avoiding known irritants or allergens, and seeking medical attention when possible. With proper care and awareness, you can ensure your child has healthy skin in Naperville, Itasca, and Joliet, IL. Call now for an appointment at Oak Dermatology.

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