Bungang Araw: 4 Facts All Parents Should Know This Summer
Soothe and relieve your child from pesky, prickly heat rash this summer with these tips!
As summer heat rises, so too does the incidence of summertime ailments. One of the most prevalent is prickly heat rash, commonly known as bungang araw. It happens mostly to babies and young kids because their sweat glands are still underdeveloped.
It can be itchy, annoying, and even alarming for parents.
Worry not moms and dads, because information is power and so is prevention.
Bungang araw facts
Here are some must-know facts you should always keep in mind.
1. Sweating is the main cause of it
Profuse sweating, which is natural during summer, leads to rashes because it soaks the clothing, making it prone to dirt and bacteria, which irritate the skin. Once these rashes erupt, then itching and burning begins to be a problem.
2. Loose, cotton clothing can help fight it
To help prevent bungang araw, you must know how to prevent what causes it, which is sweating. Don't bring your kids outdoors during noontime, when the temperature commonly peaks. Wearing loose, cotton, breathable clothing is also a good way to lessen sweating. Periodically applying baby powder and changing clothing can also greatly help!
3. It can be treated using things found in your kitchen
According to Dr. Willie Ong, bungang araw can be treated using home remedies. Take a leftover watermelon shell and cool it in the refrigerator. Once it's cool, rub the pulp area (inside) on the site of the rash. This soothes itching and lessens the appearance of rashes.
As for extreme itching, Dr. Ong suggests using 1 teaspoon of baking powder and mixing it with a glass of water. Soak a towel in the mixture and rub it all over the kid's body for 10 to 15 minutes.
Do this 2 to 3 times a day to effectively lessen itching. Over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream can also do the trick!
4. Heat rash can evolve into heat stroke
Though bungang araw is not something parents should worry too much about, according to Kalusugan PH, in some cases, it can affect the body's cooling system thereby increasing the chance of heatstroke, which is a fatal condition if left untreated.
You can also read: PH heat index at “dangerous level”: protect your child from heatstroke
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