Rashes on baby can be caused by many factors including fungal infection on the skin like ringworm. Ringworm can be seen on any part of body including the scalp and behind the neck. Although the rash is commonly found on older babies and children but it might be seen in babies. Babies can develop this kind of rash when baby is in contact with infected pet or person. Babies are also get infected as baby touches personal items as mold-like fungi caused the ringworm get their way into towel, baby’s toys or clothes.
Ringworm rashes on baby might be found on baby’s scalp as baby uses infected hairbrushes, combs, hats or anything that in touch with baby’s head area. The rash may also occur on baby’s feet as baby starts walking and made her way barefoot to an infected area such as locker room or pool area. Some babies are more susceptible to get infected as they have genetic tendency to develop ringworm such as the tendency to sweat a lot.
The ringworm rashes on baby are similar to other conditions such as eczema and pityriasis rosea. Baby should be examined by experts as the rash is occasionally misdiagnosed as the two rashes. Baby with ringworm is usually prescribed with a topical antifungal cream or spray. The over-the-counter antifungal creams to treat the ringworm are such as Tinactin (Tolnaftate), Micatin (Miconazole), and Lotrimin (Clotrimazole). Some babies may get an oral medication to treat the infection like Nizoral (Ketoconazole) and Lamisil (Terbinafine).
For ringworm on the scalp, baby might be prescribed with a medicated selenium sulfide contained shampoo to kill the ringworm spores and as an attempt to stop the infection spreading to others. To apply the shampoo, you need to lather baby’s hair and scalp it with shampoo and then leave it for five minutes. After five minutes you can wash the hair with water. Apply it on baby for about 2-3 times a week at least for a month.