A red or pink rash that is smooth or slightly bumpy and doesn't itch could have many causes.
If it is all over your child's body (widespread) some possible causes include:
A rash that occurs in just one spot (localized) also has many possible causes including:
If the rash is due to a virus, no treatment is necessary. These rashes usually disappear within 48 hours.
If the pinkness is caused by a fever, it will clear when the fever comes down.
For other causes see related topics.
Localized red rashes can be due to a chemical or other irritant your child got on his skin. In such cases, no special treatment is necessary. Wash the skin once with soap to remove any irritating substances. Thereafter, cleanse it only with water. Don't use any medications or petroleum jelly on this rash. If the rash seems dry, apply hand lotion twice a day. If it becomes itchy, apply 1% hydrocortisone cream (no prescription needed) 4 times a day.
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