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Child diseases and conditions



Prickly heat and Pulse


During hot weather, prickly heat is common. Baby’s skin is more delicate and so the rash appears more easily. It is a fine, pinkish rash, which can be anywhere on the body. It is very itchy and so some soothing powder or Calamine lotion should be dabbed all over the body. Keep the baby cool by frequent sponging, and put minimum clothes on him.

The pulse reflects the beat of the heart and can be felt in an artery (blood-carrying vessel) which is close enough to the skin. The most convenient place is on the outer side of the wrist. The pulse rate varies in different ages and increases when a child cries, strains or even while he is having his feed. It slows down while he is asleep and becomes fast when he is running around and playing. Fever results in an increase in the pulse rate. A normal pulse rate in older children is 80-90 per minute, but is a little faster in younger children.


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