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Heat Rash

By Janet Marshall

Advanced Diploma Naturopathy. Diploma Nutrition.

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A heat rash, as the name implies, is a rash that can develop following exposure to heat. This can happen on a hot day, when exercising in the heat, or even when dressed too warmly. Heat rash occurs when sweat glands are blocked. This means sweat cannot escape the body (which is how the body usually cools itself). The rash develops because of the trapped sweat. If large areas of skin are affected, heat rash can lead to heat stroke.

Remedies

Aromatherapy

Use aromatherapy for creating a calming environment. A sache of Chamomile leaves, Lemon balm or Lavender can be placed in a stuffed toy or in the child’s pillow light.

Melotonin

Ensure the room is as dark as possible as this encourages the production of melotonin, the brain's sleep hormone. If the child is frightened of the dar, use a night light.

Magnesium

Magnesium 250mg for children aged 2-12 30 minutes before bed has a relaxing effect.

Diet

In the evening include: bananas, turkey, dates, figs, milk, wholegrain crackers or yogurt as these food increase tryptophan which promotes sleep.

Reviewed by Janet Marshall 25 February 2015 references
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This document has been developed and peer reviewed by a KIDS HEALTH Advisory Board Representative and is based on expert opinion and the available published literature at the time of review. Information contained in this document is not intended to replace medical advice and any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner.

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