Causes of red cheeks on children?
It's probably nothing serious, as this is a pretty common symptom, especially in children. The reasons for a red rash on the cheeks of a child could be many different things. To name a few...
“Slapped Cheek Syndrome” or Fifth's Disease which is characterized by a bright red rash on the cheeks that comes quickly and gives the child the appearance of having been slapped. It's spread through respiratory secretions and generally isn't serious. The rash may spread other places like the legs. Kids often have a high temperature. They may also have a sore throat and other flu/cold like symptoms.
Rubella- The MMR vaccine will prevent this in most children
Scarlet Fever- The most obvious feature of this will be the red rash on the face and probalby the neck. The child will also most likely have a high fever and swollen glands in the neck. It is caused by some strains of the Strep. virus.
Rubeola (measles)- MMR vaccine also wards against this... With measles, a highly infectious respiratory disease, there will likely be other symptoms and the rash won't be confined to the cheeks, instead body wide. The child will also probably have fever, runny nose, and a cough.
Food allergy- Rashes are pretty common with food allergies and may appear anywhere, including the cheeks.
Lupus- Most of us have heard of the “butterfly rash” associated with lupus, also called a malar rash. It spreads over the cheek and nose like a butterfly. Not everyone with lupus has this rash and not everyone with this rash has lupus.
Sunburn- baby skin can burn much quicker than adults, so though this may seem obvious, it isn't always! Especially if your child is paler than you and you're not quite usedto dealing with such fair skin or how quickly it can burn in the sun.
Rosacea- I'm not sure if kids get this one, but it's also a red rash on the cheek.
There are all sorts of dermatological problems that cause a red rash on the cheek. Like I said, there's probably no reason to worry. Check your child's temperature just to be safe and if it's bothering him/her or worrying you too much, take a trip to the pediatrician just to be on the safe side!
What other reasons do you know for a child to have a red rash on his/her cheeks?
Has it happened to your kids? What was it?