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Heat rash in babies and children

Heat rash is a rash of very tiny clear or red bumps on the skin. It is most common in babies and in very young children. But can occur at any stage.
Causes:
Heat rash can cause by overheating by wearing too many clothes in warm weather. Due to this, the pores leading to sweat glands become blocked, with an increase in heat and humidity. Sweat gland always secrets sweat in warm or hot weather or temperature, but because of pores are blocked, the sweat is held within the skin and forms the red bumps or occasionally small blisters in babies.

Symptoms:

• An itchy rash usually appears on the baby’s chest or back or other parts of heavy perspiration like neck, face and skin folds.

• The rash may look like lots of small red bumps or clusters of fluid-filled skin blisters.

General care:

• Offer tepid (Lukewarm water) bath
• Apply calamine lotion or cream to relieve the itching.
Dress the baby inappropriate clothing for the warm weather.
• The rash should disappear in few hours. If not consult to Doctor or GP as soon as possible.

• Cool the baby by removing layers of clothing.

Chickenpox in childhood

Chickenpox is one of the common childhood infections, it is also called as varicella. It is highly infectious and affects mainly children under the age of 10 years.

Cause: it is usually a mild illness caused by a virus herpes zoster or shingles. The incubation period of infection is about 2-3 weeks. This virus can spread from person to person by direct contact with fluid from broken chickenpox blisters. It also spreads through the air by coughing or sneezing. sometimes chickenpox is dangerous causing death, so  early treatment is necessary.

Signs and symptoms:  Mild fever with headache and Some rashes on skin like,

  • small, dark red spots, which occur in batches on the chest and back.
  • These rapidly turns into an extremely itchy outbreak blisters, these blisters contain fluid with red bases and they can occur on all over the body and face.
  • The blisters dry and become scabs( A dry, rough protective crust that forms over a cut or wound during healing) in 4-5 days.
  • Spots at various stages of development are usually present at the same time.

Care and remedies: Reassure and comfort the child then contact to GP or Doctor.

  • Give plenty of liquids to drink, he or she should not dehydrate.
  • Give the child bath as per her comfortless.
  • Dress the child in loose comfortable cotton clothes.
  • Use calamine lotions or cream to ease the itchiness.
  • Discourage the child from scratching the spots.
  •  Doctor or GP may prescribe anti histamine cream or lotion to ease the itchiness and may prescribe antibiotics to treat spots that become infected with bacteria.
  • Keep the child away from normal person, pregnant women and children to avoid spreading of the infection.

Possible complications:

  • Scarring from scratched spots.
  • Skin infections like impetigo means  “rash” or  an outbreak of red bumps on the body., but it can be treated by antibiotics.
  • Pneumonia
  • Encephalitis means inflammation of the brain.
  • Hepatitis means inflammation of liver.
  • In pregnant women problems like, stillbirths, birth defects or infection to newborn.

Try these healthy recipes  to children in chickenpox,

Breakfast oats

Serves 4 adults
Prep time 10 minutes
Allergy Milk, Peanuts, Wheat
Dietary Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Breakfast
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Gourmet, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
From book Taster recipies

Ingredients

  • 150g High fibre porridge oats
  • 25g dried cranberries
  • 50g dried apricots (chopped)
  • 25g sultanas
  • 300ml apple juice (unsweetened)
  • 8 tablespoons low fat natural yoghurt
  • 100g bluberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 100g rasberries (fresh or frozen)

Note

Healthy recipe for all. It contains 294kcal/ portion.

Directions

Step 1
Mix the oats, cranberries, apricots and sultanas in a large bowl.
Step 2
Stir in apple juice. Cover and pop in the fridge for overnight.
Step 3
In the morning, share the mixture between 4 bowls. Spoon 2 tablespoon of yoghurt on each serving and add blueberries and raspberries in each bowl.

White Bean Soup

Serves 4
Prep time 40 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 1 hour
Dietary Diabetic, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Appetizer, Soup, Starter
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Gourmet, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Occasion Formal Party
This recipe is written by www.thepostnatal.com.

Ingredients

  • 400g cans butter beans 3 cans (drained and rinsed)
  • 900ml vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 clove garlic (finely chopped)
  • 6 tomatoes (finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander
  • salt (to taste)
  • fresh black pepper (to taste)

Note

This healthy and nutritious recipe have 150 calories per servings.

This recipe is given by www.thepostnatal.com

Directions

Step 1
Put the beans and stock in a medium saucepan, bring to boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes.
Step 2
Now remove one third of beans in another pot. Remaining beans you can mashed it by blender or food processor into fine pure. Now mixed the beans the and pure into one saucepan.
Step 3
Add olive oil in the saucepan, add garlic then fry gently till golden color appears. Now add chopped tomatoes and simmer it fir 5 to 8 minutes.
Step 4
Stir the mixture meanwhile. Add salt, black pepper and coriander mix well, stop heating. Serve hot.
Step 5
Instead of cans beans, you can also used dried beans approx 500gms, just by soaking it into water for overnight. Drain it and cooked into water for 20 minutes in pressure cooker or 40 to 50 minutes in microwave or on hob. Till it becomes soft for pure.

Cheesy leeks and potato

Serves 3 baby portions
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Allergy Milk
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Breakfast, Lunch, Main Dish, Salad, Side Dish, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Gourmet, Serve Cold, Serve Hot
Occasion Casual Party, Formal Party
You could also use leeks and potatoes to make some soup for rest of the family.

Ingredients

  • 1 Small leek (washed and finely sliced)
  • 1 Medium potato (peeled and cut into small cubes)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon cheese

Note

This recipe is from www.thepostnatal.com

Directions

Step 1
Put the leek, potato and bay leaf in a pan of water, bring to the boil and simmer until the potato is soft.
Step 2
Remove from the heat, drain the vegetables and allow them to cool.
Step 3
Remove the bay leaf and mash the vegetables together with the cheese.