Hello Dr Dulcy! My child is 3 and has developed heat rash, what is the best cure for heat rash during the summer holidays?
First and foremost you need to have this properly diagnosed as heat rash and nothing else. Mild heat rash will usually clear by itself by removing the child from exposure to heat and cooling the skin. Look out for signs of it getting worse or infected like pain, swelling, warmth, pus or even fever and chills and rush child to doctor. Prevent it by keeping child in shade, dressing in loose fitting clothes and keeping sleeping area well ventilated and cool. If there is itching something like calamine can help. What will also work is bathing the child in cool water with non drying soap, then letting their skin air-dry instead of using a towel.
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Dr Dulcy is a social entrepreneur with a passion for providing healthcare and wellness solutions for low and middle-income communities in South Africa. As the 2016 Social Entrepreneurship Regional Business Achiever award winner for Business Women’s Association, she started Accessible Quality Healthservices (AQH) in 2013 after being a general practitioner in Vryburg then Carletonville for 11 years.
In 2015, she partnered with Pascal Frohlicher and we founded U-Care Medical Centres which focused on building private medical centres and providing world-class health services at an affordable cost. This company evolved in 2019 to become quadcare, which is a network of medical centres in areas where they are needed the most providing access to affordable healthcare. Currently, the centres are in Edenvale, Fox Street Johannesburg, Meadowlands, Carletonville, University of Johannesburg, and Park Station.
Dr Dulcy said her life’s purpose was to make an impact on how healthcare was delivered in this country, especially to the poor.
*Always consult your paediatrician, gynaecologist or health-care provider for all health matters relating to you and your children.