Most forms of rashes tend to manifest in a localized region on the skin, but a moving rash basically moves from one place to another all over the body. Moving rash is also called as hives or urticaria and generally harmless in infants. Nevertheless, a doctor should be consulted for proper diagnosis and determine the underlying cause and start the appropriate treatment. You can take a course on first aid today to learn measures to provide relief to the infant.
What the symptoms of moving rash?
The moving rash manifest as itchy, red-colored welts that “move” all over the body. The rash pops up in one area of the body and then vanishes and reappears on another part of the body a few hours after. In some cases, the rash can manifest as small individual spots while others tend to cluster together to create large-sized connected bumps that are a large as dinner plates. Additionally, the rash can last for a few hours or up to a week.
Possible causes of moving rash
Allergic reactions are the usual culprits for moving rash, especially if you introduced a new food into the diet of the baby. Essentially, hives or moving rash can manifest right away after the introduction of the new food, but if milk is introduced, the rash and the accompanying symptoms do not appear until 7-10 days after.
An allergic reaction can also occur if the baby was exposed to a new animal, started a new medication or sustained an insect bite. Even physical stimuli such as exposure to cold, pressure and the rays of the sun as well as sucking and scratching can oftentimes cause hives. Exposure to chemicals and infections can also cause moving rash. In some cases, the cause of the rash is unknown.
Treatment for moving rash
When treating the rash, a doctor must be consulted to determine the possible cause. Oftentimes, a mild case of hives can vanish without treatment. Once the doctor determines the trigger, a medication might be prescribed or recommend an antihistamine.
Avoid giving any medication without consent from the doctor. If a new medication was just given recently, used a new soap or introduced a new food, it is best to stop using or eating them and check if the moving rash disappears. It is recommended to use products that are free from dyes, chemicals and odors.
Important considerations to bear in mind
Always remember that the moving rash is capable of travelling from one location to another in the body during an outbreak, but other types of rashes only come and go. A baby that is overly dressed might end up with a heat rash that is characterized by small-sized, prickly clear or red-colored spots. Take note that heat rash typically vanishes without requiring treatment once the baby feels cooler but can reappear once the baby becomes too warm.
If there are patches of red-colored, itchy and scaly skin, it is called as eczema which also occurs due to stimuli such as extreme temperatures and irritants. Once the baby is no longer exposed to the irritants, eczema will subside but can reappear later and on another part of the body. It is important to avoid the potential irritants and bathe the baby only every the third day to manage this skin condition.