Those warm, lovely days spent running, playing, and exploring can leave more than just memories for your toddlers. They might also come away with patches of rashes and skin irritation, like bungang araw or heat rash. Despite its name, bungang araw isn’t just a summer concern and can still make an appearance during the rainy season.
Here’s what you need to know.
What is a heat rash?
Heat rashes are tiny brown or red bumps or blisters that show up where your toddler usually sweats. These can be in the folds of their skin or where their diaper fits snuggly. Other names are prickly heat rash, sweat rash, or miliaria.
What causes heat rash?
When your kids overheat, their sweat can clog their pores so much that it can’t get out. These end up as heat rashes. Babies and toddlers tend to get heat rash because of their smaller pores. They also have more sensitive skin since their immune systems are still developing.
Is heat rash itchy or painful?
It’s usually not painful, but it can get itchy. There are types that can feel like they’re prickling or stinging, which can distress your baby. Chances are, your toddler will try to scratch the rashes, which can lead to an infection. This is why it’s also a good idea to trim their nails regularly.
Why can heat rash happen during the rainy season?
Heat rashes usually show up when it’s hot and humid. During the rainy season, the air becomes more humid because it is constantly taking in water.
The skin uses the air around it to get rid of sweat. When the air is humid (or saturated with water vapor), sweat can’t evaporate. This means that during the rainy season, people can feel hotter than the actual temperature and even feel sticky or malagkit.
That, coupled with the fact that the rainy season here still falls within hot temperatures, means we get hot, humid, and wet weather — the prime time for heat rash. In fact, skin problems and bacterial, viral, and fungal infections are common during humid weather.
How can I prevent my toddler from getting heat rashes during the rainy season?
You can’t control the weather, but you can work around it. Keeping your toddler cool, comfortable, and dry is key to preventing heat rash. Avoid clothing made of materials that trap heat. Instead, opt for a breathable fabric that uses natural fibers like cotton to allow your little one’s skin to breathe.
This applies to diapers, too. You may be frequently changing your toddler’s diaper, but hot, humid weather can still make them sweat a lot and develop a heat rash.
Pampers Aircon Pants has features specifically to allow breathability and help prevent skin rash and irritation. Its backsheet cover is designed with 10 million micro-holes that help your baby’s skin to breathe and release heat. It also has a urine indicator, which can help parents monitor baby's wetness, and a disposal tape for easy cleanup.
Another notable thing about Pampers is its Pampers Pants is endorsed by the Skin Health Alliance and has received the #SPSmartMomApproved seal. This means that Pampers is a brand trusted not just by international experts in skin safety but also by sigurista moms here in the Philippines.
Here's what celeb mom Saab Magalona-Bacarro has to say about Pampers Aircon Pants:
"We are dancing because even if the weather is so hot lately, Vito doesn't get any diaper rashes thanks to Pampers Aircon Pants' 10 million breathable microholes! Woohoo super #AirconPreskoFeeling!"
If you want to know what size to get, check out this handy guide:
So, the next time you choose a diaper for your baby, choose one that doesn't just catch pee but also protects from heat rash and skin irritation. For this, you can try Pampers Aircon Pants. This way, your child can play and explore freely without discomfort.