If itching is in just one area (localized) it could have many possible causes including:
There are many possible causes if your child is itching all over. Some possible causes include:
For itching caused by an irritant, wash the area once thoroughly with soap to remove any remaining irritants. Thereafter avoid using soaps on this area. Put cold, moist compresses or ice on the area for 20 minutes every 3 to 4 hours to reduce itching. Follow this with 1% hydrocortisone cream (no prescription needed) 4 times a day. Cut your child's fingernails short and encourage him not to scratch.
Try to figure out what caused the rash and avoid this substance in the future.
For other causes of localized itching, see related topics.
The following measures may help to relieve itching regardless of the cause:
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