There are lots of different types of rashes and lots of different causes. Rashes are often caused by skin irritation, such as an allergic reaction or a sting, or a virus like chicken pox or measles.

It’s very common for babies and children to develop rashes and they are usually harmless and nothing to worry about, clearing up on their own in just a few days.

Do you know how to tell what might have caused a rash and the best treatments for them? We’ve listed the most common causes and suggested treatments for rashes in babies and children below.

Did you know?

It’s normal for babies to develop skin rashes from just a few days old as their sensitive skin adapts to a different environment.

If you're concerned about yourself, a relative or friend, call NHS 111 for medical advice, this free service is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

The advisors taking 111 calls are in the same room as those answering 999 calls, so if urgent attention is needed, they can arrange it immediately for you.

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