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heat (also called heat rash, sweat rash, or miliaria) is a rash of red or pink
dots that appears over an infant's head, neck, and shoulders. The dots look
like tiny pimples. The rash from prickly heat usually covers a small area and
is considered a localized rash. Occasionally the rash will cover a larger area
Prickly heat is often caused when
well-meaning parents dress their baby too warmly, but it can happen to any baby
in very hot weather. A baby should be dressed as lightly as an adult who is
resting. Your baby's hands and feet may feel cool to the touch. This is not
uncommon and is usually not a problem.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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