Parents of toddlers know that rashes are a relatively common thing. They can be caused by allergies, heat, their diaper or clothing. Parents with more experience can identify and treat minor rashes at home. Some rashes need to be checked by the doctor. When La Vonne Palmer, from Australia, saw a rash on her toddler, she knew it wasn’t something she was going to be able to handle on her own.
Her son, Eli, didn’t have the usual red blotches of a rash, he had round, black spots on his legs. He also had a fever. Palmer took Eli to the doctor right away, and her quick actions probably saved his life. Doctors admitted Eli to the hospital as soon as they saw the rash. Eli was diagnosed with Meningococcal disease which if left untreated can cause death within hours.