Baby Prickly Sweat Or Allergy? Here's how to distinguish it.

Baby Prickly Sweat Or Allergy? Here's how to distinguish it.

Baby Prickly Sweat Or Allergy? Here's how to distinguish it.


Many parents are mistaken for prickly symptoms with allergic reactions in babies. The symptoms of both are indeed similar, namely both cause red spots, itching, to make your child become more fussy. So, how do you find out the difference between a baby who has sweat or is allergic to something? Because, both of them require different handling. Check out the answer below.

Difference between babies with sweat and allergies

Prickly heat and allergies have similarities which make the skin reddish, itchy, and irritated. However, they are certainly caused by different things. If the baby is prickly, it is usually caused by sweat, bacteria, and dead skin cells trapped under the skin. Meanwhile, allergies arise from the response of various allergens that can be in the form of food, dust, to baby care products that contain certain chemicals.

How do you distinguish babies from sweat and allergies? Well, actually these two conditions also show different symptoms. See the differences between the two below.

Signs of baby prickly heat

Some characteristics of the prickly heat in infants can be observed with the appearance of several signs such as:

  • Redness of the skin
  • Itching (baby is seen scratching his skin or restless)
  • Sometimes dry skin appears

Prickly heat usually occurs in the neck, back, armpit, or some other body parts that often sweat more. Because it is caused by the production of excessive sweating and sweat trapped under the skin, the prickly heat in babies often occurs when the weather is hot.

Baby Prickly Sweat Or Allergy? Here's how to distinguish it.

Sign of an allergic baby

There are many things that can cause babies to be allergic, from food, chemicals, to certain things. Signs and symptoms that appear also vary, not only redness of the skin, but:

  • Itching on the skin
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Have digestive disorders, such as diarrhea (usually due to food allergies)
  • There is swelling in several parts of the body
  • Cold or sneezing

Of course, this condition will not be affected by the weather. So, it can happen whenever your child is exposed to the allergen. If your child has a number of changes, try to remember what food you gave or he just held what you have. Because, maybe he is allergic to food or objects.

Simply put, the prickly heat is usually not accompanied by swollen skin, runny nose, sneezing, or breathing problems as in the case of allergies. While allergies are usually not accompanied by dry and scaly skin, biduran usually appears reddish.

When should your child be taken to a doctor?

Actually, the prickly heat in the baby will disappear by itself. Especially if the temperature and weather around is not so hot, the baby will feel cool and prickly heat will disappear. When the baby is prickly, make sure that he uses clothes that are loose, cool, and absorb sweat. This will reduce the symptoms of prickly heat. If it doesn't improve in a few days, it's best to take your child to the pediatrician.

While if your child has allergic symptoms such as hives, you can usually treat these symptoms with ointment alone. However, if the baby shows other more serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing and swelling, do not delay taking him to the hospital immediately. Allergies in babies can be dangerous if not handled quickly.

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