Preventing Prickly Heat Rash

Prevent Prickly Heat Rash

Preventing Prickly Heat Rash is a key concern for any parent of young children. It’s quite common in little ones, and there’s nothing worse than watching your child struggle with a blotchy, itchy rash whilst you’re all trying to enjoy the glorious holiday you’ve been looking forward to all year.

Thankfully, Prickly Heat Rash is quite easily prevented. Here are our top tips for staying prickly heat free in the sunshine.

One of the most essential keys to preventing prickly heat rash is using the correct suncream. Unfortunately, very high factor suncream spreads on very thick, and can block pores and sweat glands, making prickly heat more likely. Where you do have a prickly heat sufferer, try to take your factor down to 30, and stay out of the sun between the hours of 11 and 3. Because you are dropping down from a factor 50, you need to ensure that whatever you use has a 5* UVA and UVB rating. Again, for the benefit of your pores, avoid water-resistant suncream. Obviously, when you are in the water, this will not be possible, but for the times you are not, it’s the best way to go.


Top on the list of skin-friendly sun creams are UtltraSun, Piz Buin Allergy (you can use a factor 50 in this), Garnier Dry Mist, Tropic and Child’s Farm.

After you’ve chosen your suncream, there are several other things you can do to stave off prickly heat rash. Keep your family well hydrated and wear cotton clothing. If your child can’t bare not to itch, encourage them to tap rather than scratch. Make sure you stay away from perfumed washes or creams. Instead, shower each morning and evening with Dettol Soap and use an E45 cream. Piriton before bed is a great way of calming the rash for little ones; antihistamines for you. Finally, keep aloe vera gel in the fridge or applying some ice wrapped in a tea towel will help keep the edge off.

Voila! Now you’re all prepared for an itch free holiday in the sun! Please like and share this post if you think your friends will find it useful. Happy Holidays.

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