Viral rash on baby or viral exanthem is a term for a rash that caused by a virus. It is common for baby to have rash in early year of their life and most of the time we find difficulties to determine what is the cause of the rash. Some of the rash accompanied by other symptoms that gives clues what kind of virus that causes the rash. Although sometimes it is hard to determine what kind of virus that causes the rash, however, with supportive care you can help to heal the illness until the symptoms are disappear.
Viral rash on baby may look red and blotchy spotted all over the body from head to toe. Children and babies who have acquired a viral infection before such as sore throat or cold are at risk to get this kind of rash. The rash may appear the body with spot with red or pink in color, the other may appear as bumps that spotted primarily on the trunk, arms and legs. Some of the cases reported itchy but some others do not. The other symptoms that a baby can have such as fever, fatigue, headache, aches and pains, loss of appetite, and irritability.
A mild viral rash on baby needs no special treatment as the viral rash as many other rashes may go away on its own within a few weeks or days. Help your baby by relieving the fever, pains and aches with ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Try to give plenty of fluids and enough bed rest.
If the rash persistent with fever over 101 degrees that last for more than one day you need to see doctor. The other consideration such as severe headache, stiff neck, confusion, seizures, and even unconsciousness indicate that your baby needs a medical treatment. The other symptoms like diarrhea and/ vomiting, a very bad abdominal pain, severe cough, red eyes, red mouth or red tongue and many more that indicates the rash getting worse need a doctor’s consultation.