Red spots on child

My child has 6 medium size red spots on her lower tummy & back and top of her arm. No temperature and not itch. What could it be?

15 January 2017

Thank you for your question. While it’s not possible to make a diagnosis without more information about the spots you are seeing, in general childhood rashes and spots are some of the most common reasons medical guidance is sought. Most of these rashes are not considered dangerous and provided your child appears in good general health and has no other symptoms it is usually enough just to observe the rash for a few days. Many types of rashes and spots will disappear on their own without treatment. However, if your child appears unwell or is running a temperature, vomiting, or seeming to be just not quite themselves then it is advisable to seek a consultation with your Doctor as they will be able to examine the rash and perform a general clinical assessment of your child. There are often multiple possible causes of the same type of rash and an assessment will help to both determine the exact cause and the treatment required.

Common types of causes of spots and rashes on the body can be viral infections, skin conditions such as eczema, although from the description you have given this seems less likely, heat rash, dermatitis, chickenpox measles and many more, you can read all about the different types of causes and their treatments here:

Child skin rash - NHS Factsheet

Overall provided your child appears healthy and well there is unlikely to be a cause for concern, however should the rash spread or you detect any signs of a change in your childs’ health or you are just not happy with their condition for any reason then a visit to the Dr would be the best course to follow.

We do hope you have found the above information of use and wish you the best in getting this resolved,

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses

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