To help protect yourself or your child from heat rash:

  • In summer, dress in soft, lightweight, cotton clothing. Also, avoid overdressing in winter — children should wear the same amount of clothing that an adult would wear to stay comfortable.
  • Avoid tightfitting clothes that can irritate tender skin.
  • When it's hot, stay in the shade or in an air-conditioned building or place a fan at a safe distance to gently circulate the air.
  • Keep your sleeping area cool and well ventilated.
  • Bathe in cool water with a nondrying soap that doesn't contain fragrances or dyes.
  • Avoid using creams or ointments — they don't prevent heat rash and can block pores.
Mar. 07, 2012

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