Emergency Care for Child's Rash, North Denver

Rashes are common-- some children react to shampoo, soap or detergent. Others react to hot/cold, embarrassment or stress. Generally non-emergency rashes respond to home care. However, if your child’s rash is ongoing or bothersome, call your pediatrician. 

More serious rashes may require emergency care.

If Your Child Has These Symptoms, Emergency Care May Be Necessary

Seek ER treatment if the rash is accompanied by any of the following: 

  • Shortness of breath
  • Peeling skin or mouth blisters
  • Tightness in the throat
  • Tenderness
  • Fever
  • Joint pain
  • Headache
  • Streaks of red
  • Abnormal bleeding or bruises under the rash 

Reactions to Medication

If you think the cause of the rash is a medication your child is taking, immediately stop giving it to your child and call your pediatrician. Do not resume giving your child the medicine until your pediatrician says it is okay. 

A Persistent Rash

A recurring rash may mean that your child has an ongoing allergic reaction or skin condition such as eczema or psoriasis. You may not require emergency pediatric care, but make an appointment to see your pediatrician.

Visiting our ERs

North Suburban has three ERs in the North Denver area. Open 7 days a week, our main hospital emergency room has kid-sized medical equipment and cheerful private rooms to help calm our little patients. Plus, our pediatric ER is staffed by board-certified pediatricians and pediatric emergency nurses from the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, who provide the highest level of care. Please see the map below for locations, addresses, and phone numbers.