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Common childhood rashes

Childhood rashes are common and many disappear without treatment. Learn about symptoms and treatment of childhood rashes, such as eczema, ringworm and impetigo.

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Nappy rash

Most babies will get nappy rash at some point in their first 18 months. Find out more, including how to recognise, treat and prevent nappy rash.

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Serious childhood rashes

A rash on your baby’s skin may indicate a serious condition, especially if they also have a high temperature, cough or swollen neck glands. Learn more here.

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Skin changes during pregnancy - prurigo of pregnancy

Prurigo of pregnancy is an itchy rash that may develop during pregnancy. It usually appears in the first or second trimester.

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Childhood rashes - Eczema

Eczema is a common chronic skin condition in children. Typically, eczema is characterised by an itchy rash that comes and goes. Eczema is not contagious but does tend to run in families and commonly first appears in early childhood.

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Nappies

Nappies play a big role in your baby's life during the first two years. Learn about the different types, how to choose, the environmental impact and safety.

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Childhood rashes - Oral thrush

Oral thrush is a type of fungus infection, very common among babies. It appears as moist, milky-white patches in and around a child's mouth. Usually oral thrush is not serious and can sometimes even go unnoticed.

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Childhood rashes - Hand, foot and mouth disease

Find out what is hand, foot and mouth disease and links to trusted information on its symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

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Fifth disease (Slapped cheek disease)

Fifth disease or 'slapped cheek disease' is a mild viral illness marked by a red rash that makes children’s cheeks look like they’ve been slapped

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Poos and wees

Babies have very delicate skin and need changing soon after they wet themselves or passed a stool (poo) to prevent nappy rash and stop them from smelling.

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