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Summer Heat Rash

Sweating in hot temperatures can cause heat rashes. First, you need to be able to recognize them. Heat rashes, which occur when sweat becomes trapped beneath the skin and clogs glands, appear as red clusters of tiny blisters on places where skin folds. According to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, you don't need medical attention to get rid of a rash. Just move to a cooler location with less humidity, wear loose clothing, keep the irritated skin dry and try calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream to soothe itching.


A recent study in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, shows that children are getting 10 to 15 percent of their calories from sugar-sweetened drinks such as soda, sports drinks and fruit juice. Because of the increase in childhood obesity, you should make sure your kids limit their sweetened beverage intake. The American Heart Association recommends that sweetened beverages and naturally sweet beverages, such as fruit juice, be limited to 4 to 6 ounces per day for children 1 to 6 years old, and to 8 to 12 ounces for children ages 7 to 18.

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