A Question and an Answer:
Every time my child gets sick, he gets spots all over his chest and back. He’s had the chicken pox vaccine, but why does he get these spots?
Rashes in children can be quite common and can be due to many different causes. Often the rash is due to a viral infection and is to be expected. Some rashes may have a pattern that is typical to the disease itself. While we immunize children against many common viral illnesses that cause rashes, such as measles, mumps, rubella and chicken pox, there are many other infections, both viral and bacterial that can cause a rash.
Can a bacterial infection also cause a rash?
Yes. Some can indicate an urgent situation such as meningitis. In this case the rash is flat and does not disappear when pressed. While most rashes are not concerning, it is always best to speak with your doctor to get a definitive diagnosis.